Thursday, November 27, 2014

Donal Mahoney- A Poem

A Gift Logic Can’t Buy

My boss has a problem with God 
or rather a problem with me 
because believe in God
and he doesn’t.
Or so we discover
while taking a break 
at a big convention.
I hope I don’t lose my job.

We’re in a bar with Lady Gaga 
pouring from the juke box.
My boss has a whiskey sour
and I’m nursing a Coke.
God help me.

He doesn’t believe
faith is a gift no one’s 
guaranteed but knows
some folks have it
and others don’t.
Why is that, he asks,
finishing his sour,
signaling for another.

I tap into memories
from philosophy class
and recite the proofs 
for the existence of God
some folks accept
and others deny.
My boss sees the logic
but still doesn’t believe.
So I sip my Coke and say
faith is a gift logic can't buy.

A few more drinks and he asks 
what a man must do 
if he wants to believe.
Ominous, I think, but here goes.
My wife, after all, has a job
with benefits.

tell him to ask the God 
he doesn’t believe in
to grant him faith.
Ask Him more than once
and if he receives it
he will be amazed 
that someone 
like me believes. 

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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