Three Poems by Donal Mahoney: "OMG", "Bell and Star" and "At Traffic Stops and Sand"

October 16, 2016






Seeing is believing

smart people

often tell me but


no one ever told me

believing is seeing

except this blind lady


I help across the street

who taps her cane

and tells me 


you’ll find out

when you leave Earth 

and whirl among the planets


and soar behind

the sun and moon

on the way to your place 


believing is seeing 

someone some say 

isn't there.





Bell and Star


Let me be a star

and shine in places

darkness dwells or



let me be a bell

and ring in places

silence knells or


let me show the way

I plan to travel while 

we wait together


for the final call.

What else to do but

pray with all of you. 





At Traffic Stops and Sand


After he died on a tree, he rose 

and told the twelve 

before he ascended

he would return some day. 


The twelve told others and they 

told others and 2000 years later 

others still tell others but not 

everyone gets the message.

Or maybe they don’t believe it.

Or maybe they just ignore it.


Some folks know who he is 

but are too busy with other stuff, 

buying a house or car,

watching Netflix on TV, 

shooting people at traffic stops,

beheading people on sand.


The day he comes back we’ll see 

sheep and goats lined up on 

one side of him or the other, 

zillions of them, sheep so 

calm, goats in a dither.


You and I will be there, 

on one side or the other 

and so will everyone else.

In that bright light 

everyone will see the one 

too many can’t see now.



© Donal Mahoney



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