Cops and Robbers
by Donal Mahoney
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 tilts
his head and ducks and swears
big crows may swoop at any time
and supper on the other eye.
Donal Mahoney has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press, McDonnell Douglas Corp. (now the Boeing Corp.), and Washington University in St. Louis. He has had poems published in or accepted by The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, Orbis (England), Commonweal, The Christian Science Monitor, Revival (Ireland), The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), The Davidson Miscellany, Public Republic (Bulgaria), and other publications.