Monday, November 21, 2016

About Dad by Donal Mahoney

They’re in the kitchen,
drinking coffee, the kids,
in their fifties now, 
figuring out what to do 
about Dad who’s 
in the parlor listening,
counting all the marbles
they think he’s lost.
The six of them flew in 
to bury mother.
They won’t go back
until they figure out 
what to do about Dad.
At the funeral they saw
Father Kelly kiss Dad’s 
wedding ring, the one 
he’s worn for 60 years.
Father Kelly bowed 
over the wheelchair 
as if Dad were pope 
and told him he’d be over 
Tuesday night as usual 
for checkers and a beer.
Best two out of three
goes to heaven first.

One of many nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney  
has had poetry and fiction appear in various publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his work can be found at tp://

1 comment:

  1. A wonderful commentary on conversations many of us are having, and the parents we treat in the third person.