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Father Comforts Tearful Nora, 6
Donal Mahoney

I think you're right, Nora.
There must be a Man in the Moon
and a Man in the Sun  
changing light bulbs all day long.
They are shy gentlemen   
the garden gnome said yesterday. 
A smile from you, I'm sure,  
would make them blush.
The Man in the Moon 
might hide behind a cloud 
and the Man in the Sun 
might dive behind a star.
But now and then 
both of them would peek to see 
if Nora ever smiles again.

© by Donal Mahoney.
Used with the author's permission.


Donal Mahoney (1938 - 2017), the son of Irish immigrants, grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He later lived in St. Louis, Missouri. Donal spent the early ‘70s actively submitting poems to print journals and enjoyed some success. He then took a 35-year hiatus from poetry to work as an editor of prose at such lofty establishments as the Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press, and Washington University in St. Louis. Upon retirement, Donal took to his recliner, and was perfectly happy reading and listening to Gregorian chant all day. After three years, however, his wife bought Donal a computer and showed him where the boxes of still-unpublished poems had been stored in the basement for many years. Thus Donal began actively submitting again in June 2008. See more of his work at




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Every little girl (and boy) should have a father with the wisdom to explain the world with the mind of a child! Beautiful, just beautiful.
Posted 06/15/2015 08:29 AM
a father who would give his child the sun and the moon is someone to celebrate; nice
Posted 06/15/2015 08:25 AM
I could have sworn it was a rabbit in the moon! A lovely wee poem.
Posted 06/15/2015 12:45 AM

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