Monday, March 21, 2016

Donal Mahoney- Three Poems

Adopted Daughter

Miss Goody Two-Shoes'
sweaters aren’t too tight,
skirts aren’t too straight
and heels aren’t too high.

She’s a swan gliding 
in this small town library 
where old men sit at tables 
reading newspapers
from all over the world until

Miss Goody Two-Shoes
has another cart full of books
she must wheel between them
so she can put them away.

And when she does, the men
stop reading and smile
as their adopted daughter,
another Audrey Hepburn,
gracefully glides by.

A Fine Facility Like This

He’s not among the quick
and not among the dead.
He’s somewhere in between

he tells anyone who stops
his wheelchair in the halls 
of a fine facility like this.

He couldn’t make it 
on his own, his kids said,
so they brought him here.

His wife stuck post-it notes
all around the house
telling him what to do

and where to find things.
He might have made it.
He thought he didn’t need 

a fine facility like this 
with three hot meals and 
sheets he can't change. 

At night he has popcorn
then watches nightmares
in a fine facility like this.

Everybody Don't Have Somebody

The man in the ER,
sutured and bandaged,
told the nurse there wasn't

anyone she could call 
to give him a lift home.
He said he'd take a bus 

once he had a chance 
to check his wallet and see
if he had any money.

He didn’t have much
to begin with, he said,
and the guy who left him 

lying at the curb
probably took his money
along with his watch.

Otherwise why hit somebody
on the head from behind?
No other sensible reason.  

The man said he’d walk
if he didn’t have bus fare
because he’s living proof

everybody don't have 
somebody who’ll come 
and give you a lift home.

Donal Mahoney

Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, Missouri. His fiction and poetry have appeared in various publications, including The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune and Commonweal. Some of his work can be found at


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