Monday, September 14, 2015

Donal Mahoney- Three Poems


Better a nation
have a demagogue
step into the sun 

and tell its people  
what a sleepy man 
discovers flicking 

on the bathroom light
and there's a roach 
running in the tub  

shiny as a silver dollar 
but still a roach 
despite the sheen.


Refugees in Hungary

In camps in Hungary
Syrian refugees squat in mud.
Let them board trains 

and go to Germany 
where old camps 
need dusting but 

the bunk beds are there
along with ovens to light
if winter comes.

Shrine for a Bully

Very late in life bullets answered jeers 
Paul once used to tease a little boy
coming home from school. 

Little boy grew up and found Paul 
and put a bullet in his temple 
as the sun danced on the barrel

Friends brought flowers, built a shrine, 
gathered in a circle and prayed  
after the ambulance took Paul away.

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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