Sunday, December 11, 2016

Waiting for Melvin by Donal Mahoney

Mabel in a gray cotton
dress turning to gauze
bends over her garden

feeling for a ripe cantaloupe 
to take in the house
and chunk up for supper

when suddenly she sees
a blimp in the sky 
this August afternoon.

She wants to board that blimp
before Melvin gets home,
removes his bib overalls 

and straps her butt 
because his meatloaf is cold 
and his melon hot.

If he beats her again,
she knows she can't sit 
through Sunday service.

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

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