I Feel Like James Brown
This morning I woke up early
feelin' good, feelin' the way
I felt 50 years ago, no aches,
no pains, can’t wait to shower,
hop on the El, go back to work,
get the magazine out on time
then dance all night in a bar
to the music of James Brown.
I feel good like James today.
Wonder what my problem is.
Fifty years ago I felt good every day
but never wanted to go to work.
I must be sick so I called the doctor
and described my symptoms.
I told him I felt like James Brown.
Anything he could do to help?
He said take two aspirin and
call him when the music stops
and I'm my old self again.
A Waterfall at Midnight
Two old men meet for coffee
once a week at a diner while
their wives play cribbage.
Jim says he has a problem.
His wife leaves the water running
in the bathroom sink late at night.
Jim says without her hearing aids
she can’t hear the water running.
Bill admits he too used to leave
the water running. Then he bought
hearing aids he can leave in at night.
Now he always turns the water off.
He tells Jim he should do what
his wife did before Bill bought
his expensive new hearing aids.
Hide the stopper to the sink.
America has had presidents
who will be remembered
as much for what they said
as for what they did.
Americans will never forget
“Four score and twenty years ago…”
and “Ask not what your country
can do for you but what you can…”
Perhaps for different reasons,
other quotes as memorable are
“Read my lips: No new taxes”
and “Mission Accomplished.”
But America has a man now who
may be elected and remembered
for a remark made as a candidate.
Still in the air is “Look at that face!”
Americans might like to hear
from the lady behind that face.
She’s said little about the remark.
She still has time to speak.
Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction published in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his work can be found at http://eyeonlifemag.com/