poetryrepairs #226 16.07:074

JOAN McNERNEY : Long Haul Driver
JOAN McNERNEY : Recently Unemployed

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Long Haul Driver  

At first he was thrilled by the road thinking it an adventure to roam through cities and states. His truck a massive 18 wheeler winding through snake-like overpasses, gleaming in sunlight across ten lane highways. But then he had to drive so many hours arriving only to wait for the next work order, inhaling fumes in the cold and in the heat. Later he felt a slave to the choking engine and ugly concrete. The same signs everywhere, big box stores, eating holes and truck stops with cheap souvenirs. Weary of this relentless surge of everything always going forward and that demanding clock. Finally he was left behind.

poetryrepairs #226 16.07:074

Recently Unemployed

His days marched in place days like tin soldiers each one pushing the next aside. Hurry, hurry before it is too late... inside a gaping hole to be filled. More and more of the surface of his life was covered by dust. The hallway gave off a musty odor. Night after night, lights burned. Busted dreams heaped in boxes. Black marks covered floors. One edge of his room spoke to the other. His fan purred all summer, basement furnace heaved all winter. This incessant sigh gathering dust. Less and less energy to clean up. His body betrayed him, both his bones, his breath betrayed him. Tomorrow will be more newspapers, further rounds of calls, another day of trying to get appointments. Another day visiting crowded employment agencies. Another day not worth remembering.

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see JOAN McNERNEY, featured poet, 'JOAN McNERNEY's Workers' at poetryrepairs.com #224 16.05

JOAN McNERNEY's poetry has been included in numerous literary zines such as Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Missing of the Birds, and included in Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net.