Thursday, August 20, 2015

They Call It Euthanasia

We took a feral cat
we'd been feeding to the vet
when it stopped eating.

It was lying on the deck
too weak to object.
The vet said tests

would cost $400
to figure out the problem.
Or we could euthanize the cat.

That would cost less.
It was up to us, he said.
I asked him if old and sick

cats and dogs were still 
euthanized with gas
and he said no.

It’s by injection now.
They don’t feel a thing.
Perhaps that will help

if the Court decides
some day to cull
the herd of old folks.


Donal Mahoney


Political Debates


Over the years
I have found the best way
to watch political debates 

on the telly is with 
my back to the set
bent over at the waist.

Thanks to new laws
enacted recently
In Ireland and America

one can get married now,
if one has a mind to,
without standing up.


Donal Mahoney


Library Card


Emily went to the library
to sign up for a library card

so she could take out books
and use the free computers

but the clerk ask for identification
and Emily didn’t have any

so the clerk suggested she 
sign up to vote instead.


Donal Mahoney