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Who Needs a Nap?
Donal Mahoney

(actually by Jack Mahoney, 4, as overheard by Grandpa)
Who needs a nap?
Not me. I just got up.
I don't need a nap.
I need two hot dogs, 
lots of chips,
and a big cup 
of hot cocoa
and then I'll go out 
in the snow with my 
sled and slide down 
McCarthy's driveway
before he gets home.
He's a cop, you know,
and the last time
he said I should stay 
off his driveway.
Glad you were with me.
So no nap for me.
I'm ready to go.
Hot dogs, chips,
a cup of hot cocoa
and I'll get my sled
and my ear muffs.
It's 2014. I'm 
another year older
and ready to go.
So if you wanna come, 
that's okay with me. 
McCarthy likes you 
but maybe 
not so much me.

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


Donal Mahoney (1938 - 2017), the son of Irish immigrants, grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He later lived in St. Louis, Missouri. Donal 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 After three years, however, his wife bought Donal a computer and showed him where the boxes of still-unpublished poems had been stored in the basement for many years.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. See more of his work at




Post New Comment:
That's adorable.
Posted 01/28/2014 04:43 PM
You captured it!
Posted 01/28/2014 09:05 AM
sweet sure know how to cut thru to what's important...
Posted 01/28/2014 08:15 AM
ed werstein:
Donal, I'm going to get my grandson right now. Great poem.
Posted 01/28/2014 08:06 AM
Sue Shanks:
Sweet & familiar. Thanks! :)
Posted 01/28/2014 06:58 AM
Ross Kightly:
Gregorian chant or the wisdom of Jack [aged 4]? No-brainer if you ask me! What a whizzoh poem this is!
Posted 01/28/2014 04:08 AM

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