Donal Mahoney


Caseworker Determining Eligibility - Poem by Donal Mahoney

Cabrini-Green Projects
Chicago,1963


The child, age two, hammocked in the half
moon of his mother’s arms, is locked
in palsy, yet moves an eyelid as I ask,
moves the other as his mother answers,
application form interrogation.
The father was a white policeman.
“Curiosity, ” the mother says. “No more.
I didn’t go with him for money.”


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 18, 2014



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