Donal Mahoney

Charley On My Harley - Poem by Donal Mahoney

The nightmare woke my father every night
For years. He had no idea what it meant
And so he wrote the story down and hoped
Some day he'd understand it.

He lost the note that night but
Found it decades later in a drawer
Next to the glass eye he popped out
The stormy night that Mother left.

Mom came back to 'make their marriage work'
After she'd been gone for 20 years
But Father told her they had been divorced
For at least 10 years. Despite her tears,

Father told her, 'Maude, after all this time,
Let's agree that you were gone before you left
So let me tell you all about the nightmare
I've had every night since you rode off

With Charley on my Harley. I wrote the story down
To tell the kids but they grew up and left
Before I had a chance to ask if they knew
What the nightmare meant.

Maybe you can help me understand it, Maude.
The note says this: 'What purpose does a rabbit have
Other than as prey? What difference does
A rainbow make in a rabbit’s day? '

Now you say you love me, Maude,
But the kids are grown and gone
So take my Harley and go find Charley.
It's time I put my eye back in.'

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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