Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Nuclear Childhood by Donal Mahoney

What if your parents 
had never met
had never married 

had never yelled 
at each other 
and instead had wed

someone they loved
and lived peacefully 
all those years.

That would have been 
their Eden but you 
shaking there now

decades later 
wouldn’t be with us  
cursing the tremors  

of a nuclear childhood 
you still remember
long after they’re dead.

Donal Mahoney lives in St, Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. Like many people he has been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes and has had poetry and fiction published in print and online in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his work can be found here:

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