One Old Gigolo Counsels Another by Donal Mahoney

FH020017One Old Gigolo Counsels Another
 
You take care now, Harold, 
and don’t slip on the ice
looking for a good bookstore
on the streets of Chicago.
 
Print is dead, Harold,
and it’s being waked 
in empty bookstores.
Soon all bookstores
 
will be dead, Harold,
and then you will have 
no good reason 
to go out on the ice. 
 
At our age, Harold,
ice can be lethal
so take my advice
and do as I do:
 
Walk head down  
even if there’s no ice 
so you can avoid 
not only the ice 
 
but also the women 
disgruntled with men.
Believe me, Harold, 
they’re out there 
 
armed with bumbershoots.
They prowl the streets now 
more than when we were 
young and dashing 
 
and making them angry.
They haven’t forgotten us.
So for God’s sake, Harold,
go out for a walk but
 
bundle up and take your cane 
and walk with your head down.
Do you believe in God, Harold? 
I hope you do because 
 
at our age, Harold, ice or a 
woman could be the chariot 
that takes us over the moon
faster than we’d like.
 
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One thought on “One Old Gigolo Counsels Another by Donal Mahoney

  1. i absolutely loved this poem… I felt like teh author was speaking to me.
    bookstores, no more. that is true.
    Impressionism, imagery.
    I was able to visualize two people speaking.. loved the poem Mr. Mahoney.
    and of course I loved Harold.
    I enjoy reading your poems Mr. Mahoney..
    You are a wonderful writer. Congratulations on your wonderful achievements.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful proses
    Ritamarie Recine

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