To THE Cockroach, poem by Joan McNerney at
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To The Cockroach

To THE Cockroach

written by: Joan McNerney


My last stay in New York City
assured me of your aerial prowess.
How you flew around my
kitchen filled me with awe!

Sadly I remember earlier days
when you were often stuck
in those hideous “roach motels”
and couldn’t move away.

One charlatan offered me
a chocolate covered roach.
I ate one fooled by fancy
packaging but not a second.

Your ability to survive atomic fallout
is well documented. Yes, we spied
on your species scurrying
around nuclear waste with glee.

I am sure by now these undefeated
cockroaches are sailing waters
in both sewers and oceans with ease.
Hail to you…I praise your survival!

Joan McNerney

Joan McNerney

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 The Muse in Miniature, available on Amazon and Cyberwit.
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