Friday, April 8, 2016

Donal Mahoney- Three Poems

A Primary Haiku

After Wisconsin,
we see a Trumpeter Swan
swimming in circles

For the Birds

So many of us
feed the birds even
though we know birds

can make it on their own
in any weather,
sun or rain or snow.

But those who feed the birds
rarely feed the poor.
Perhaps the reason’s clear.

The poor unlike the birds
aren’t that much fun 
to watch, are they?

A Better Way for America

I like to watch master chefs 
on television do their thing.
My favorite is Jacques Pépin
when he has to chop an onion.
No one chops an onion faster. 
At 80, the man’s a guillotine.

When I saw him chop one today
I thought of every state in America
that has halted the death penalty 
because they haven’t found a way
to execute the condemned
humanely and efficiently. 
I say hire Jacques Pépin.

Shave the head of the condemned
and lay the fellow on his belly with 
his head up like a Spanish onion
and let Jacques do his thing.
Unless you think there might be 
something wrong with that.

Donal Mahoney

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

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