Sunday, May 29, 2016

Donal Mahoney- Three Poems

Hot Spots in the City

I turn on the news to see 
who won the game last night
but first the scores from 
hot spots in the city.

Two people are killed 
and a house is set on fire. 
An infant burns to death.

Two men hijack a car 
and a mother is killed. 
Her baby is tossed 
from the car and
found a block away 
alive in a car seat.

The mayor says 
we need more cops.
Money’s the problem.

The police chief says  
he’s sending more cops 
to hot spots in the city.

The anchor says at noon 
a demonstration at City Hall 
for Black Lives Matter.

He doesn’t mention 
any demonstrations at 
hot spots in the city.

Bill of Indictment

According to reports
certain White House interns
past, present and future

are asking Americans
not to vote for Hillary 
because that would put Bill

back to the White House.
He has a feel for the economy, 
the interns say, and other things.

An Epidemic, They Say

Where I live the press says 
teen use of heroin is epidemic. 
thought an epidemic

was a widespread disease
afflicting thousands caught in 
the wrong place at the right time

as might happen when mosquitoes 
bring in the zika virus and inject 
as many people as they can. 

There’s a difference in the two.
Unlike victims of the zika virus, 
teens inject heroin themselves.

Donal Mahoney

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri,
not far from Ferguson, Missouri, once the 
home of Michael Brown.

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