Jack Donahue – 1 poem



Swaying to the beat of a Kaiser march,

I hunt for all the old, familiar things

that never made it through the open door:

the bike in the yard,

the chair in the street,

the drug dealer propped

on his throne of crates,

his kingdom come

with a knife in the neck


what the heck

I was better off on the farm

when I swallowed the worms

and squeezed the guts out of a toad.


Reload the chickens in the truck.

Follow the path of pigs to market.

Ten cents on the dollar

the caller hollered

there is the bankrupt life,

the solvent life,

and the abundant life.


Pick one.

Or the other.


Try it again.

I feel a pulse.






Numerous short stories and poems written by Jack Donahue have been published in journals such as: Newtown Literary Review; Prole (U.K.); Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria); The Main Street Rag; China Grove; FolioThe Almagre Review and others throughout North America and Europe. His first book of poems, “Just Below the Surface” is set for a fall 2018 launch. A children’s picture book, “Come Play With Me By The Sea” will be published later this year. Mr. Donahue received his M.Div. degree from New Brunswick, Theological Seminary, NJ in 2008. He is married and resides on the North Fork of Long Island, New York.