Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Donal Mahoney- Three Poems

A Winter Buffet

January day
not a leaf left
on this skeleton 

tree teeming 
with sparrows
chirping and hopping

branch to branch 
waiting for the deck
feeder to be free of 

cardinals and jays 
bickering for seed
while on the floor

four doves
stroll in silence
feasting on spilled 

seed near the railing
where a fat squirrel 
sits with its tail high 

in a question mark
ready to dive 
and scatter them all

Daughter They Dote On

Gallivanting again
she’s now 33

where she goes
ever a mystery

Her parents bewildered
are ill and retired

they watch her kids
seven so far

quints and twins
sires unknown

this time it's Nome
the twins were told

to meet her soulmate
found on the web 

she was a nun once
cloistered in Rome.

Danny the Pruner

Danny the pruner
fell out of a tree
bounced only once
lay in a lump for 
gapers to see 

a lover was Danny
renowned in the city
the ladies confirmed
two men and a gurney
swept him away

spoke not a word
till he woke in hell
yelled at the devils 
dancing in circles
chanting with glee

a litany of names
of other men’s wives
told Danny he'd soon
have horns of his own
no chance to flee.

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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