Saturday, August 1, 2015

Donal Mahoney- Two Poems

Third Grade Science Class

The teacher tells the third grade 
the order of the seasons
cannot be changed. 

Summer, fall, winter, spring
arrive in order, then start over.
The hour the sun comes up 

cannot be altered either.
Like the seasons, the sun
follows its own order.

Little Herbie mystified
decides to ask a question: 
“Where does order come from?"

The teacher tells Herbie
the Big Bang brought order.
Nothing existed before

the Big Bang went off. 
The universe was born
and brought order with it.

Then Herbie asks what caused
the Big Bang and the teacher says
“We'll discuss that after class."

Cobra Swaying

A rainy Sunday
and Pastor Smith is
in his pulpit bellowing 
to the congregation
“I hope you understand 
Satan is a python.
Don’t let him get a grip.
He'll drag you into Hell!"

A voice beneath the pulpit 
suddenly uncoils and shouts
much louder, "Pastor Smith, 
down in Hell we know 
damn well you’re wrong.
Satan’s not a python.
He’s a cobra swaying. 
He strikes and you're down here.”

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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