Volume 5, Issue 2 | February-March 2018 ISSN: 2395-2547

Words in Rhyme

A Nuclear Childhood
- Donal Mahoney
What if your parents 
had never met
had never married 
had never yelled 
at each other 
and instead had wed
someone they loved
and lived peacefully 
all those years.
That would have been 
their Eden but you 
shaking there now
decades later 
wouldn’t be with us  
cursing the tremors  
of a nuclear childhood 
you still remember
long after they’re dead.

Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction published in various publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, MO. He has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press 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, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Commonweal, Public Republic (Bulgaria), Gloom Cupboard (U.K.), Revival (Ireland), The Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), Black-Listed Magazine, Opium 2.0, Calliope Nerve, Haggard and Halloo, Rusty Truck, Pirene’s Fountain (Australia) and other publications.