Dear Editor/I Want a Writer’s Block/Virtual Love/By All Accounts – Poetry by Joan McNerney

A Dash of Whimsy Series-

Giggles and smiles will become a part of your day when you read the following poems by Joan McNerney!

Dear Editor:

Unfortunately I’m unable to

accept your rejection.

So many come in, it is

possible to accept only a few.

Due to staff limitations

no specific comment

can be made on yours.

Be assured it received

a careful reading.

I do hope you find a home

for this rejection.

Remember rejections are my

foundation and lifeblood.

Always feel free to send more.

Joan McNerney,


I Want A Writer’s Block

A real writer’s block.  After I’m finished

writing, I could run and skip down streets

with all the other writers on the block.

Compare notes, exaggerate and have fun.

Another good one would be a crystal block

on which the great master works are contained.

Stick it in a pocket and read it with my

fingertips.  Why strain my vision?

How about this?  A big block of ice cream

oozing pass throat filled with inspiration.

Or a chocolate block made from creamy images.

I want a writer’s block.  Any or all of the above.

Virtual Love





full of hyperbole

and alliteration drifted

into the wrong e-mail box.

There she met an erudite

rich text format.

They became attached.

Her fleeting metaphors

lifting his technical jargon.

They were a word couple

spinning through cyber space

giddy with inappropriate syllables.

By All Counts

Proper and improper fractions

have distinctive differences.

Proper fractions study at

prestigious universities.   They

attend cultural events and play

at least one musical instrument. 

Proper fractions step aside

for ladies patronizing

haute couture shops.

Improper fractions are hooligans.

Each one guzzles cheap beer,

crunching potato chips while

screaming at wrestling matches.

Improper fractions knock over

seniors to reach clearance racks.

Beware of mixed figures.  These

hybrids can not decide what they are.

Medication might help them plus

talking therapy so popular today.  Never

allow children to associate with them.

Negative numerals should be avoided. 

Those will only subtract from your life

flinging freezing rain in your face.

Conversely, positive numerals are

delightful handing us glowing statistics

and bright bouquets of fragrant daisies.

Never take integers for granted.  Do not

allow yourself to be divided but let

all quotients be fruitful and multiply

until that day when your number is up.


Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in many literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Poet Warriors, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.  Four Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Spectrum Publications have accepted her work.  Her latest title, The Muse In Miniature, is available on and  She has four Best of the Net nominations. 

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