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Calypso Means Spring Is Here
Donal Mahoney


Some say when
daffodils shoot up 

spring is here.

It’s safe to put away

your boots and shovels.

Maybe somewhere

but not where I live.

I’ve seen daffodils
on Monday peeking 

out of snow on Tuesday 
giving me a wink as if to say
we fooled you, didn’t we.
And I say, yes, you did!

When it comes to Spring

I know it’s here when I see 
what I saw this morning
long before the dawn. 

The first moth 

happy and delirious 
dancing to calypso 
all around the porch light
waiting for his friends to come 
and shout hurrah for Spring 
and Harry Belafonte.


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





Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri. A native of Chicago, he 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 After three years, however, his wife bought Donal a computer and showed him where the boxes of still-unpublished poems had been stored in the basement for many years.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. Some of his work since then can be found here; more can be seen at



Post New Comment:
Just a delightful read.
Posted 03/19/2017 08:42 AM
Enjoyed !
Posted 03/18/2017 11:51 AM
...highly deadly black tarantula....
Posted 03/18/2017 09:28 AM
Good choice for the day--Thanks! We spent most of SPRING BREAK under blankets with the heat turned up! (Mississippi) Janice
Posted 03/18/2017 09:28 AM
ed werstein:
Wonderful poem.
Posted 03/18/2017 08:21 AM
Posted 03/18/2017 08:08 AM
Larry Schug:
Can't wait for that day! Well said.
Posted 03/18/2017 07:50 AM

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