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by Joan McNerney

I wanted to bring back the

best gift from the country

for you, just for you.

I wanted to.


Some sky would be nice,

lots of lovely sky with

light fleecy clouds.


So I rushed through

stores and bought the

biggest shiny box and

looked for a perfect bow.


All shades of blue, violet

with red and yellow.

An entire rainbow of

colored ribbons for the

box to put this sky into.


Then on the bus my bow

fell apart. Somebody

stepped on the box. It's

all crushed and dirty.


By the time we got to

the city it was late. Did

my sky blow away?

The box is empty now.


I wanted to bring back the

best gift from the country

for you, just for you.

I wanted to.
Joan McNerney has written four
books of poetry. Her latest title is
Having Lunch with the Sky (A.P.D.
Press, Albany, New York). Her poems
have appeared in Boston Review of
the Arts, Kalliope, Mudfish, Word
Thursdays and other literary journals.