Donal Mahoney


Donal Mahoney Poems

321. Metaphorically Speaking 5/16/2014
322. Listen To The Muse 5/16/2014
323. The Long, The Wild Parade 5/16/2014
324. The Landlord 5/18/2014
325. Old Man At The Diner 5/18/2014
326. Caseworker Determining Eligibility 5/18/2014
327. Coming Home At Midnight To The Farm 5/20/2014
328. In Memphis On Business 5/21/2014
329. Waiting For Answers To Resumes Mailed Weeks Ago 5/21/2014
330. When A Debutante Marries A Troll 5/22/2014
331. Those Good Tomatoes 5/22/2014
332. Dying At Midnight 5/23/2014
333. Funeral For The Last Parent 5/24/2014
334. Saving Tim Murnane 5/25/2014
335. The Corner Of Wells And Madison 5/25/2014
336. Flinty And Callused 5/25/2014
337. Cowlick Billy In The City 5/26/2014
338. Caseworker's Lament 5/26/2014
339. Slovak Widow On 59th Street 5/26/2014
340. 'Missouree' Or 'Missourah' 5/4/2014
341. When Autism Had No Name 5/30/2014
342. Hospital Sill 5/30/2014
343. Those Poems, That Fire 5/31/2014
344. Rodding Out 5/31/2014
345. One Veteran's Prayer 6/1/2014
346. The Widow Next Door 6/2/2014
347. First Day On Parole 6/2/2014
348. Love Is Another Thing 6/2/2014
349. Ice Cream Honeymoon 6/3/2014
350. Snapdragons Crackle 6/6/2014
351. Synagogue Graffiti 6/7/2014
352. Summer Ablutions 6/9/2014
353. Horns Over Hooves 6/10/2014
354. Dancing On The Fourth Of July 6/10/2014
355. People Who Live Above Stores 6/10/2014
356. One Stark Trumpet Peals 6/11/2014
357. The Constant Dinosaur 6/12/2014
358. Language Of The Xylophone 6/12/2014
359. Parade In The Company Cafeteria 6/12/2014
360. In Chesterfield And Spats 6/13/2014
Best Poem of Donal Mahoney

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.

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'Lemon Underwear'

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?

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