Sunday, June 26, 2016

Donal Mahoney- Three Poems

A New Etiquette

"One stall for all" is
a new scenario for Wilbur.
Thanks to his wife, he knew

in the past the right thing to do
but now he doesn't know what
"one stall for all” calls for 

after he’s through:
Is it toilet seat up
or toilet seat down?

Daily Paper on the Lawn

An hour before dawn
the paper is out on the lawn
white in the moonlight 

a trumpet dozing after 
long night in a jazz bar 
tired from playing   

but willing to play
a last set for me
not knowing I read    

only sports and the obits 
two riffs in the paper
anyone can believe

A Trip to the City

He lives at the edge of a forest
and loves all the different trees. 
He comes to the city for food 
and basic necessities.
He hates the long drive,
the city even more.

On this trip he crosses 
the street to avoid a huddle
of homeless men gathered  
around parking meters.

Safe on the other side
he asks himself 
do I worry too much
about trees, too little about 
people too hungry 
too poor to hug them.

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri.


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