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Joan McNerney

Last Chance

You must come before 9 p.m.

(miracles can be quirky)

to the high way drug store

where pristine pharmacists

feed scripts into forked

tongues of computers.

Neat rows of sterile packs

and crutches wait attentively.

Herbal medicines, vitamins 

pose with gleaming lotions.

One squat wobbly table 

marked “Last Chance” 

offers up my cure. I must

salvage a phenomenon now.

Here is a miracle I can believe in. 

A tinted jar of aroma therapy 

filled with flowers grown in California.

To be cuddled safely under my coat 

taken home far from fists of winds.

My glass bottle of jasmine mist... 

pink, yellow, white petals.

Night blooming jasmine 

whispering perfumed nothings

at the 11th hour.

About the Author: Joan McNerney has been the recipient of three scholarships. She has recited her work at the National Arts Club, New York City, State University of New York, Oneonta, McNay Art Institute, San Antonio and the University of Houston, Texas,  Published worldwide in over thirty five countries, her work has appeared in literary publications too numerous to mention. 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  A new release entitled Light & Shadow explores the recent historic COVID pandemic.


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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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