Sunday, June 12, 2016

Donal Mahoney- A Poem

High Summer in the Country

Far from the city
way out in the country 
a hot afternoon in high summer

as we drive down a bumpy road 
bouncing one mail box past
another saluting

each farmer by name.  
We marvel at the giant corn 
until we come to a mail box

bent over an old table
piled high with tomatoes, 
green beans and melons.

A tin can slumps in front 
of this harvest with a note  
gripped by a clothes pin 

saying, “Take what you will 
and leave what you will. 
God blessed us this year.”

Donal Mahoney

Something like this is what makes the author,
an urban denizen, wish he had been raised
and lived in the country. 

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