Poetry ~ Donal Mahoney

Donal Mahoney ~ Doanl’s parents hailed from County Cork in Ireland, but he now lives in St Louis, Missouri and he has had poems published in The Scarlet Sound and other publications in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.


When Autism Had No Name 
In Memory of Billy G., 1938-1952 
 
Cowlick Billy
always runs
up the alley
down the street
sniffing things
on hamster feet.
No one knows 
why Billy runs
up the alley
down the street,
hours on end,
sun or sleet,
and no one cares
even though
when Billy stops
to take a leak
schoolmates ask 
shy Billy why 
he’s always laughing
when he runs
and Billy smiles
and almost says
goodness gracious
don’t you know
things are sour
things are sweet
up the alley
down the street.
© Donal Mahoney
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