A Third World Life by Donal Mahoney


A Third World Life

When he was just a boy,
they took him to the dump
to scavenge, bits of metal,
any food that might be eaten.

When he became a man,
young and handsome,
every day he would go
to the dump and scavenge.

When he was middle-aged,
other men followed him
after he discovered a bigger,
better dump to scavenge.

Now old and blind, he sits
in his hut while seven
children and their children
go to the dump and scavenge.

Donal Mahony

Donal Mahoney, nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction published in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his work can be found by clicking here… 

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