Eye On Life Magazine

Lifestyle * Literary

Eye on Life Magazine is a Lifestyle and Literary Magazine.  Enjoy articles on gardening, kitchen cooking, poetry, vintage decor, and more.

To a Neighbor Back from War

First of all, your mind.

The chimes must stop,

the drums, the horns,

as well.  Finally, the long,

the wild parade

of mummers crazed

you must spade off

the way my Daddy,

years ago, 

when I was four,

on a bright St. Patrick’s Day,

turned the soil in Mother’s garden,

cursed the British

one more time

then drove his spade,

while Mommy screamed,

through the neck

of a garden snake.

 

Donal Mahoney