Donal Mahoney



FATHER, AGAIN, PEERING


The final years dear Mother she
was never, well, what actors call "on location."
Physically, of course, we found her

everywhere:  the parlor reading,
kitchen ironing, basement sweeping,
unlike Father whom we never found

though he was always there.  
On Sundays when he went to Mass,
he stayed behind, peering.

Like Queeg, he stared forever
from under or behind whatever
he wasn't hiding in front of.  



SONG FOR BALLYHEIGUE

County Kerry, Ireland


Twig fire limn
eight fairy
in a lour cave mouth

Four of whom
a tabor thrum

Four of whom
breathe zephyr
through wee fife

All of whom
leap star,
the joy of life

All of whom
sing lark,
the yet to come.



Donal Mahoney has had poems published in or accepted by The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, Revival (Ireland), The South Carolina Review, Commonweal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Mid-America Poetry Review, The Davidson Miscellany, The Goddard Journal, The Pembroke Magazine, The Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine, Sou'wester, Salt Lick, The Mustang Review, Obscurity and a Penny, The Road Apple Review, and elsewhere.








                                    

 

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