Blinking Like Ferrets
by Donal Mahoney
Donal Mahoney has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press, McDonnell Douglas Corp. (now the Boeing Corp.) and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
He has had poems published in or accepted by The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, Orbis (England), Commonweal, The Christian Science Monitor, Revival (Ireland), The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), The Davidson Miscellany, Gloom Cupboard (U.K.), The Common Ground Review, Public Republic (Bulgaria) and other publications.
I have been too busy
the last two years to talk
to anyone in the office.
Today, however, I pause
at the pencil sharpener and smile
while my fellow workers
calculate and jot.
It makes no difference, you see,
if I remain silent
or if suddenly I start talking again.
All we have to remember is
that we decay together,
that this charade we give ourselves to
doesn't require that we speak,
that all we must do, really,
is calculate and jot.
If we calculate well,
if we jot well,
the charade will carry us through.
In the end, we'll see what is true
when blinking like ferrets
emerging in sunlight,
we're free of this maze created
by the family of man.
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