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Aretha Has an Announcement | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

Noon meal at the nursing home
and everyone is there
chowing down and talking.

Before dessert is served there’s
an announcement to be made
and Maxine is the one to do it

from somewhere in the room.
But few can see her since she’s tiny
just turned 90 and cannot stand.

She’s been doing this for years
and once she starts talking even
the deaf believe they hear.

She’s their Aretha when she booms
“Let’s be in the day room, folks, at 3.
It’s our flu shot time of year.”

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Alice’s House | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

Redbud and dogwood have blossomed
above the tulips and jonquils where
Alice’s house used to be.

A possum and raccoon nose around
where the garage was before the tornado.
An armadillo has joined them.

Someone has hung a red feeder from
the old clothesline. No hummingbirds yet.
Spring has brought new life over there.

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