Our Family Closet by Joan McNerney

is full of cracked

skulls beginning

with nancy

“mother’s never

going to be

sick again—

see her steady hands”

cured twenty times


or take


aunt edna

shock treatment

in doctor’s

split level office


cruel irish grandfather

another lunatic

who chose

farming over teaching

tripling size

of fingers


don’t forget

uncle alcohol

plus patriot sister

with american eagle

in living room

& prison record


none of them will

ever speak of

secret secrets



add a couple

of 40-year-old

virgins & go

clear off a shelf

for me too.

Picture of Joan McNerney

Joan McNerney

Joan McNerney’s poetry is published worldwide in over thirty-five countries in numerous literary magazines. Four Best of the Net nominations have been awarded to her. The Muse in Miniature, Love Poems for Michael, and At Work are available on Amazon.com. A new title Light & Shadows has recently been released.

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