Donal Mahoney


An Irish Enclave,1956 - Poem by Donal Mahoney

South Side of Chicago,
long before Barack Obama

On bungalow porches
and out in backyards,
on hot summer evenings
old men lower themselves
into green canvas chairs,
smoke and sip beer,
laugh and relive
Easter,1916
and plot what they’ll do
when the niggers pour in
and eddy all over
the dregs of their city.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, November 8, 2013


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