April 4, 2015

DONAL MAHONEY: "THE LOVELY WOMEN OF MY LIFE, WIFE AFTER SHOWERING, WE'LL FEEL BETTER, DEARIE, NOT TO WORRY"


Nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize, Donal Mahoney has had work published in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his earliest work can be found at http://booksonblog12.blogspot.com/.




 

The Lovely Women of My Life


If I met the same women now
I probably wouldn't know them.
They're missing teeth, I bet,
and have gray Medusa hair. 

Their eyes no longer dance, I'm sure,
and they have liver spots everywhere. 
They likely wobble in their flats  
and haven't worn heels

since adding fifty pounds.
Some of them, I'm certain,
wouldn't recognize me, either,
despite thick spectacles.

They can't recall the picnics
we enjoyed with wine and caviar
under oak trees in Grant Park,
never mind the nights that followed.

Who needs a woman that forgetful?
I need a younger woman now,
someone I can finally marry, 
a girl with a figure like Monroe,

Hepburn's eyes and Hayworth's hair,
someone lithe, slim and graceful,
someone strong enough to push
my wheelchair up the ramp.



Wife After Showering

Niagara Falls 
her silver hair

so long it 
bounces off 

the swan 
of her back 

and off 
her buttocks

as she laughs 
and waves 

a towel too long
saluting the sun

and us 
who share 

another 
golden morning 



We'll Feel Better, Dearie, Not to Worry

Some days my wife has aches 
and I have pains.
Other days I have aches
and she has pains.
We tell each other
all about it from our rockers 
sipping Earl Grey tea 
in tinkling porcelain cups
while watching DVDs 
of Lawrence Welk,
the late conductor nonpareil,
who's trying now to get
the Seraphim and Cherubim 
to sing "God Bless America." 

My wife and I are at an age 
where no quick fix exists,
no slow fix either.
Finally I tell her what 
neither of us wants to hear:
We'll feel better, Dearie,
not to worry, 
once we're dead.
It's the dying
that's a problem but
we're getting there.
Been on the road since birth.
We've paid the tolls.
It's been a trip. 

~DONAL MAHONEY

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