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Poetry 2 Spring 2017




A glimpse of spring

    by Joan  McNerney


shy blue morning

black trees etch sky


children skipping

over puddles


bramble on snow

soft birdsong


listening to water

race downstream


winds gently kiss

my forehead


grass shoots push

through first thaw



   by Joan McNerney


April quietly turns

emerald green.


Breezes shake apple

blossoms…an aromatic



Listen to this soft

symphony of raindrops.


After showers, gardens

of stars flower.


Evening is the dawn

of night time.


Meteors write poetry

across heaven.




Bio: Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.  Three Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications have accepted her work.  Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky and she has four Best of the Net nominations. 



Gang Attack

 by Eira Needham 



Their ruckus startles --

flocking across the sky
like ink splattering
watermarked paper.

The murder flurries to the lawn:
wings beat, 
beaks stab, 
piercing shrieks. I wince.

My dog leaps from a nap, yapping, 
charges to scatter them.
Surging to poplar arms
they chatter in protest.



Roses scent the air;

where grass fringes their bed 
my pooch noses the prostrate victim, 
still alive, bloodied neck, pecked.
I hotfoot for my mobile.

The avian ambulance arrives;

a rescue officer rushes

 the listless pigeon away.
Life’s pendulum swings.


Radio One Lunch-time News:
A gang’s frenzied attack

leaves a lone passer-by with critical injuries

in Intensive Care.


Crows taunt from a sycamore --
wood pigeons perch wing-to-wing,
on next-door’s roof.
ru-hoo ru ru-hoo



Bio: Eira Needham is a retired teacher living in Birmingham, UK. She began writing poetry in 2002 and submitting for publication in 2010. Her writing is eclectic and has been published in print and online. Recent publications include Black Poppy Review, Poetry Pacific and Voices from the Web 2016. She has also been chosen as Featured Writer in WestWard Quarterly.