Category Archives: Donal Mahoney

A Life Without Guard Rails

A Poem by Donal Mahoney You think you got problems? You probably do but would you trade with Phillip, a Vietnam vet who still thinks Agent Orange lurks in every puddle he steps around after a heavy rain, who shovels … Continue reading

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Let’s Not Rake Our Leaves

A Poem by Donal Mahoney There has to be a reason why we rake our leaves rather than allow them to decompose beneath the snow and feed our winter lawns until spring comes back. There has to be a reason … Continue reading

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Monsanto Scientist in Hospice

A Poem by Donal Mahoney He wants to do certain things he should have done before old age and illness reaped their harvest. The doctor gives him days perhaps a week to breathe but he can’t remember what he wanted … Continue reading

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Monsanto Man, Retired

A Poem by Donal Mahoney You think it’s easy, embalming bodies in these nightmares I have every night, bodies a vulture wouldn’t touch, bodies rotting decades later in the afterglow of Agent Orange, bodies found in villages and fields in … Continue reading

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The Hell of Agent Orange

A Short Story by Donal Mahoney “Throw me down the stairs a sandwich, Ollie, I’m hungry,” said Dr. Olga Sumvitch, hollering up to me from Hell again in her best fractured English. Although she had spent the last 30 years … Continue reading

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Satan’s Annual Report

A Poem by Donal Mahoney Adolph’s been here since the Forties. So have Benito and Tojo. As soon as they arrived we gave each of them a huge furnace. They shovel coal all day and all night. That’s what we … Continue reading

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A Good Neighbor

A Poem by Donal Mahoney Cookies for George, 40 years back from Viet Nam, are the only payment the man will accept to mow your lawn, rake your leaves, shovel your snow. He sleeps behind his brother’s house above the … Continue reading

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