Jennifer Juneau

            â€”Tennessee Williams

Sister from a vague past,
I've come back from farther than that.
Let me in and I'll sing to you the funeral blues.
Why does your skin sweat so?
Is this life at its best?  Do you think
Your penury gets a rise out of me?
Let me cross your threshold
Chauffeuring mantles of summer fur, a history.

My voice rises above the screech
Of a locomotive: I am a revolver
Loaded with rhinestones, poems a dead boy wrote.
I wear his tight-lipped melody around my conscience
And it's my choice if I sing it to you in the dark
Till darkness finds my voice.  It was one trick
After another until they kicked me out of town.  
Don't frown—I'm here now
To smother the bruise on your face with a frozen steak.
Your old man's torment hangs in the air about to shriek
And when he finds me here the scene won't be pretty.
So fetch me a drink and kill the lights.
Take a load off sister, this may be a long night.

Jennifer Juneau's work has appeared in many journals including American Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, New Zoo Poetry Review, Passages North, Seattle Review, and elsewhere, and has been featured on Verse Daily as poem of the day. A recipient of two prizes from the California Poetry Society, her collection, More Than Moon, was a National Poetry Series finalist.



Current Issue
Contributors' Notes

Email this poem Printer friendly page

A CLOSER LOOK: Dan Masterson

Brienne Katherine Adams

John Allman

Bruce Bennett

P.D. Bresnahan

Norma Chapman

Joanne Rocky Delaplaine

Carol Frith

Bridget Gage-Dixon

Sarah Estes Graham

John Grey

Gabe Heilig

Oritsegbemi Emmanuel Jakpa

Rod Jellema

Jennifer Juneau

Claire Keyes

Jacqueline Lapidus

Hiram Larew

Barbara F. Lefcowitz

Donal Mahoney

Laura Manuelidis

Nancy Meneely

Lisa Mullenneaux

Sherry O'Keefe

Scott Owens

Patric Pepper

Allan Peterson

Oliver Rice

Craig van Rooyen

Maggie Schwed

Janice D. Soderling

Paul Stevens

Jeanine Stevens

Garland Strother

Naomi Thiers

Ernie Wormwood

Bill Wunder















Last Updated: Feb 22, 2020 - 12:30:13 PM

Copyright 2005 - 2020 Cook Communication.