In the miner’s shack
the vase on the dresser
a giant cactus
planted by hands
flinty and callused.
"When Mona was here,
the vase got roses,
After she left
I gave it this cactus.
It never needs water."
Mahoney has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola
University Press and Washington University in St. Louis. He
has had poems published in or accepted by The Wisconsin Review, The
Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, The Beloit Poetry
Journal, Commonweal, Revival (Ireland), The Istanbul Literary Review
(Turkey), Poetry Super Highway, Pirene's Fountain (Australia),
Public Republic (Bulgaria), and other publications.