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A Romeo's Comeuppance

Coming toward young Tony now

it’s the husband and his wife,

the older woman from last night,


the one he danced with New Year’s Eve 

while downing Heinekens and shots of Jack,

the one he didn’t know was married.


She told him he was tall for just 16

and that he danced like Fred Astaire. 

But now it’s noon on New Year’s Day 


and thumping off young Tony’s face, 

the husband’s fist strikes a note  

truer than the band last night.


Falling backward like a slab, 

Tony sees the golden halo of the sun 

swirl until it disappears.


Later on the gurney, Tony never hears

the doctor give the nurse his diagnosis, 

“a Romeo’s comeuppance, not to worry.”


Donal Mahoney