Cops and Robbers


Climbing up the dirt hill out
behind the house they’re putting up
in Krupka’s lot, Tom found two pellets

in the iris changed things more
than doctors at the time forecast.
Today Tom blinks a lot

and fears big crows
may swoop at any time
and supper on the other eye.

Previously published in Willows Wept Review.

Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction appear in a variety of publications, in print and online, in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. “Mop Woman” was first published in 1970.

Object(s) to bring back to life: “A photo of my father, who fought for the Irish Republican Army back in 1920.”