Donal Mahoney Poems
|1481.||There's A Cliff Ahead||10/27/2013|
|1482.||Make Verdant Again The Hills||2/5/2015|
|1483.||A Mountain On The Lawn||3/27/2016|
|1484.||Angels Or The Fat Lady||8/28/2015|
|1485.||A Garden Of Their Own||10/23/2015|
|1486.||Letter To An Estranged Middle-Aged Son||5/4/2014|
|1487.||Nearing The Finish Line||5/5/2014|
|1489.||Found In An Attic: World War Ii Letter To A Wife||6/6/2014|
|1491.||A Good Neighbor||9/4/2013|
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A Good Neighbor
Cookies for George,
40 years back from Viet Nam,
are the only payment
the man will accept
to mow your lawn,
rake your leaves,
shovel your snow.
He sleeps behind
his brother's house
above the garage.
Every two weeks
he shaves and bathes.
His brother takes him
to the Veterans Hospital.
George has cancer again
40 years after Agent Orange.
But he'll mow your lawn,
rake your leaves
and shovel your snow
for nothing less than
cookies for George.
The New Morse Hotel
Chicago, circa 1970
What if after Browne has gone
one of us discovers who Browne was,
leads the rally to his room before
the maid has time to broom the webs,
retrieve from underneath the bed
the sweat-stiff socks, the lemon underwear?