Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Donal Mahoney- Three Poems

I Feel Like James Brown

This morning I woke up early 
feelin' good, feelin' the way
I felt 50 years ago, no aches,
no pains, can’t wait to shower, 
hop on the El, go back to work, 
get the magazine out on time
then dance all night in a bar
to the music of James Brown.

I feel good like James today.
Wonder what my problem is.
Fifty years ago I felt good every day 
but never wanted to go to work.
I must be sick so I called the doctor

and described my symptoms.
I told him I felt like James Brown. 
Anything he could do to help?
He said take two aspirin and
call him when the music stops 
and I'm my old self again. 

A Waterfall at Midnight

Two old men meet for coffee
once a week at a diner while 
their wives play cribbage. 
Jim says he has a problem. 

His wife leaves the water running 
in the bathroom sink late at night.
Jim says without her hearing aids
she can’t hear the water running.

Bill admits he too used to leave 
the water running. Then he bought 
hearing aids he can leave in at night.
Now he always turns the water off.

He tells Jim he should do what
his wife did before Bill bought
his expensive new hearing aids.
Hide the stopper to the sink.

As Memorable

America has had presidents
who will be remembered 
as much for what they said  
as for what they did.

Americans will never forget
“Four score and twenty years ago…”
and “Ask not what your country
can do for you but what you can…”

Perhaps for different reasons,
other quotes as memorable are 
“Read my lips: No new taxes”
and “Mission Accomplished.”

But America has a man now who
may be elected and remembered  
for a remark made as a candidate.
Still in the air is “Look at that face!”

Americans might like to hear
from the lady behind that face.
She’s said little about the remark.
She still has time to speak.

Donal Mahoney

Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction published in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his work can be found at

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