Beowulf with Dr. Engelhardt
When Normal Norman takes his seat
in Room 220 in Dumbach Hall
to hear the eminent Dr. Engelhardt
recite Beowulf again,
Norman knows that he can suck
the boredom from the hour
if he can write a poem for his wife
better than the one he gave her yesterday.
This time, however, no poem comes
and so he knows that he must choose
one of the tricks he's used before
to drown out Beowulf again--to wit,
he can say the rosary till the bell rings,
sketch his wife's magnificent ass
or write something strange like this.
- Donal Mahoney 2013
Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had work published in Bluepepper and other print and electronic publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.