Protect and Serve
On Saturday mornings
several bowed citizens
gather on the sidewalk
outside the clinic
to read the Bible and pray.
Staff peer through curtains
afraid one of them might
stop a client coming in
for her procedure
despite two policemen
guns in their holsters
When we hire people, we like to know
their limitations, said Mr. Acre,
commandant of personnel.
Look at Phil with his arm and hook.
We could see the problem when we hired him.
We've hired others with limitations
not as obvious and that has backfired.
You and I have limitations no one can see.
If ours were obvious, someone might
call the cops to come and get us.
I’m in charge so here’s your severance.
Box up your stuff and go away.
A Comfortable Retirement
Retired now, he’s half St. Francis
every season of the year, putting out
sunflower seed and safflower seed
for bickering cardinals and jays,
niger seed for the goldfinch mob,
millet for the different sparrows,
feeds feral cats at an early hour
that eat and leave before
the birds drop down.
He and his wife go downtown
and step around old men drifting
like pigeons, begging for change.
Donal Mahoney is comfortably retired but not rich;
was sacked at least twice in his life with 5 kids
in private schools, and reads a few verses
from the Bible online every day as medicine
for his soul. He thinks the Bible is finally
having an effect on him but he’s a terminal
sinner with a long (or maybe short) way to go.
He wants the elevator to go up.