Saturday, March 1, 2014

Donal Mahoney- A Poem

An Olympic Gesture

Saturday afternoon.
He's watching the Olympics
and she calls to say 
she's still at the store. 
Would he like to go 
to a movie this afternoon?

He says he's watching 
the Olympics and the U.S. 
is on the verge of winning 
a gold medal against Russia,
which is no small feat,
he reminds her nicely.

He asks the name of the movie
and discovers it's a chick flick 
two men in the world
might like to see.

In an Olympic gesture
he agrees to go with her
if they can sit in the balcony.
He's amazed when she agrees.

When they get to the theatre
it's practically empty.
Everyone's at home, he says,
watching the Olympics.
They sit in the balcony,
the last row.

After an hour she admits
she doesn't like the movie
so they kiss a little. 
He nibbles her ear and 
puts a hand on her thigh.

He kisses her again 
and whispers he's going 
for the gold. 
She's still his bride,
beautiful and new, 
after 34 years.

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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