Thursday, March 31, 2016

Donal Mahoney- Three Poems

The POTUS in Argentina

With a smile, the POTUS
tangoes in Argentina 
while in Belgium and 
the rest of the World
people try not to cry.

Bill's Socks

Hillary was at the podium
setting the record straight
for people who have a problem
with the tone of her voice.
She said when Bill was 
president some folks said
she should have stayed home
and matched up his socks.
No way, fans in the crowd
booed their response.
But in a city far away
a husband at home 
watching on TV 
leaned over on the couch 
and whispered to his wife
he’d bet anything  
Monica would have put
those argyles together.

All Flags Flying

Wally and Stan
neighbors on the same block
for 30 years never

had a problem until 
Wally asked Stan over
big steins of beer

why he never lets
the American flag fly
from his rooftop

the way everyone else 
on the block does
on holidays especially

and Stan paused
sipped his beer and said
he saw no sense

in preaching to the choir
but when he migrates to Arizona 
he will fly it every day there.

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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