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How Trouble Grows 
by Joan McNerney 

Trouble is patient 

hiding around corners.

creeping through shadows 

entering without a sound.


It starts as a seed blown

by careless winds and

covers your garden with

foul  brackish weeds.


Or sparks from a match

spread over fertile ground 

becoming flames speeding

through the long night.


Trouble knows where you live.

You cannot hide from it.

Gaining a foothold, growing

fat feeding on your flesh.


Watch how trouble grows

inch by inch, molecule 

by molecule coursing 

through your veins.


Trouble begins as a whisper

day by day growing louder.

Stronger than your heart beat

becoming a thumping drum.


Soon you will forget 

there was a time

when trouble was 

not at your side.

About Joan


Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous 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 Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications have accepted her work.  Her latest title, The Muse In Miniature, is available on Amazon and she has four Best of the Net nominations.

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