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Two Poems by Donal Mahoney: "Lady Goulds", and "Easter at the Nursing Home"

April 16, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Goulds

 

 

Moving from Chicago to Missouri wasn't easy

but breeding Lady Goulds kept me sane

for many years--well, almost.

 

I was writing then to make a living.

All day I'd rearrange other people's words.   

I needed Lady Goulds to look at 

 

in the evening and most weekends.

Otherwise I might have married 

some nice lady for the wrong reason.  

 

Right now, a canary helps me dance 

away the years or days or hours

I have to face before 

 

I take on a cane or walker. 

The canary calls the dawn with glee. 

Lady Goulds, you see, don't sing. 

 

They don't have to.

All they have to do is sit there  

as if Mondrian painted them 

 

or God lifted a pinkie on the 7th day. 

The beauty of the Lady Gould,

some say, is the result of evolution. 

 

There was no grand designer,

most scientists maintain.

The Lady Gould is one big accident 

 

that happened eons ago. 

I find it comforting to stare at them 

and know otherwise.

 

 

 

 

Easter at the Nursing Home

 

When bread

is this good

a morsel

 

will suffice

and when wine

is this good

 

a sip is enough

for the wraiths

and specters

 

coming toward 

the altar now

on crutches

 

walkers

in wheel chairs

celebrating  

 

the last Easter 

some of them 

will know 

 

as they await  

a resurrection

of their own.

 

 

© Donal Mahoney

 

 

Donal Mahoney has worked as an editor for U.S. Catholic Magazine, Loyola University Press, and The Chicago Sun-Times. Retired now, he keeps busy writing poetry, fiction and nonfiction. One of the most important aspects of “freedom” for him is freedom of religion and the opportunity in this country to practice it or not practice it. Some of his work can be found at http://eyeonlifemag.com/the-poetry-locksmith/donal-mahoney-poet.html#sthash.OSYzpgmQ.dpbs=

 

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