Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Donal Mahoney- Three Poems

In the Desert of Iraq

It took awhile to find Osama.
It will take awhile to find
the Briton with his knife
in the desert of Iraq.
They may bring him back 
unless a verdict’s rendered
in the desert 
enabling the Briton
to discover in a second
all the virgins 
awaiting his arrival
unless he finds 
he’s sitting with Osama
holding marshmallows 
blackened on a stick.

An Atheist on Sunday
On Sunday his wife 
and children walk 
to Mass

and he goes 
into his garden
to work

all day
primping roses
lilies, dahlias 

weeding, pruning
making things right
on his altar of life.

At dusk he brings 
his heaven home 
in soiled hands.

A big bouquet  
for a wife
suddenly in tears.

Pastor Homer Toots His Horn

Pastor Homer is a jealous man
and Opal gives him fits
through 40 years of marriage
dancing, laughing
kissing other men
on New Year’s Eve  
when midnight strikes.

And every year when Opal 
kisses other men 
Pastor Homer in his party hat
toots his party horn
and hollers from his wheelchair,
“If Judas had a sister, 
Opal, you'd be it.

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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