Donal Mahoney

Donal Mahoney Poems

1. A Not-Too-Jolly Santa Claus -new- 8/30/2016
2. At Midnight In New York -new- 8/30/2016
3. A Painting By Monet -new- 8/30/2016
4. Barber In A Country Town 2/11/2016
5. An Old Widower Drives Home -new- 8/21/2016
6. A Teacher, Long Retired, Remembers Jo Ellen Brown -new- 8/21/2016
7. Praise For The Master -new- 8/22/2016
8. Exhibitionist Arrested Again -new- 8/23/2016
9. A Matter Of Choice -new- 8/23/2016
10. Email From An Old Boss,85 -new- 8/26/2016
11. A Walk In The Woods -new- 8/26/2016
12. Grandma And The Starlets -new- 8/26/2016
13. Thelma's Wondering About -new- 8/27/2016
14. An Unclaimed Treasure -new- 8/27/2016
15. Author! Author! -new- 8/27/2016
16. Act Now Before It's Too Late -new- 8/27/2016
17. A Miss America In Waiting -new- 8/27/2016
18. Butterfly And Milkweed In Maplewood, Missouri -new- 8/29/2016
19. A Different Era 6/12/2016
20. A Man Of The People 6/12/2016
21. A Gorilla And Child 6/12/2016
22. An Entrée At An Autopsy 6/12/2016
23. High School In The Fifties 6/16/2016
24. A Butterscotch Pie Will Do It 6/16/2016
25. As Hunger Reigns 6/16/2016
26. Aftermath Of Orlando 6/16/2016
27. Potato Salad Fundamentalists 6/17/2016
28. Daily Paper On The Lawn 6/18/2016
29. A New Etiquette 6/19/2016
30. House For Sale In Shady Acres 6/20/2016
31. A Nuclear Childhood 6/20/2016
32. Flexible About Meetings 6/21/2016
33. After-Hours Hot Spot 6/22/2016
34. Ramadan In America 6/25/2016
35. At 100, Gramps Recalls Life In Mississippi 6/25/2016
36. Buncombe For Sale 6/26/2016
37. Cost Of Poverty Very High 6/26/2016
38. After All These Years 6/27/2016
39. Fireworks After Vietnam 7/1/2016
40. Aaron's Antiques 7/1/2016
Best Poem of Donal Mahoney


In the waiting room, I squeeze
this old rosary a nun gave me
the day I got back from Iraq.

I was still in a daze on a gurney
and I still had sand in my hair.
Some of it remains, no matter

how many showers I take.
Sand from Iraq lingers, I'm told,
until you go bald, and then

you are able to concentrate
on other things.
What might they be, I wonder.

But today, in this waiting room,
I squeeze the rosary tighter
when I hear, louder than

the gunshots crackling in my dreams,
the real screams of that little boy
right ...

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Fireworks After Vietnam

Joe went to the mall yesterday
and found a big tent pitched
at the head of the drive.
Someone selling fireworks.
The sign said discounts
for all veterans.

Joe thought of his brother Bob
after his return from Vietnam,

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