Friday, May 15, 2015

Donal Mahoney- Three Poems

At the Hop

Two robins hopped
across the lawn

at dawn, one
behind the other.

The first one hopped
to get away.

The second hoped 
to be a father.

Norma Jeane at a Bus Stop, 1943

Her corded belt
python tight around 

a tiny waist makes 
her blooms bigger 

brighter as they unfold 
in the rising sun. 

Gawkers stare
waiting for the tardy bus 

Marilyn knows
will one day come

Home for the Winter

The last hummingbird
arrives at the feeder

all aflutter
in late September,

a final sip before flying
home for the winter. 

Carl watches the bird
as he has all summer

through the fog of age.
He now calls Cassandra

after all these years
and asks her to dinner.

Cassandra says yes
and wears the red dress

he gave her one Christmas
when they were together.

Gracious as ever
Cassandra understands.

She feeds hummingbirds too
and takes Carl home.

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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