Breath & Shadow
A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature
Breath and Shadow
Volume 12 Issue 1
If You Care to Look...
By Sean J. Mahoney
the people, stupid, guided past
wrapped round shrubs and
window frames gathering
for Mass but a celebration in song
the community file down aisles
the words of God ever make
appearance in lyric.
the children singing and acting
ways that children used to sing and act, without pretense, with no grand theft thrust or guilt over the bite in a cookie.
cares less for perfect pitch
his man color; rather instead
his children think of stars
the altar covered with colored
wraps and presents and ribbon.
the adjacent graveyard strewn
giant candy cane, bright red and
flowers; even some tinsel
the long gone and departed dears
regardless of when, are no
present to unwrap the morning
the crows and ravens are kept
Here the gargoyles and drug
visions dissipate like a sea
vapors and many now aware that
is itself as much an eternal
as scotch tape and redacted
man give pause.
the din of ordinary people
for the extraordinary
we live in merits more than
praise of words.
the people, stupid, who hijack
with a fox and splat-hungry
dirty news the elves themselves
spit at, or any self-respecting
bee for that matter. It's about
opportunity to participate for you
for me and for every extant ass
the streets...over there...stupendous
a little attention to detail can do.
all and beyond the measurable
the sight of the younger daughter
a square sheet of bubble wrap
her bedridden and largely immobile
whose bent left hand adroitly
6 tiny orbs before she under-
the gift of being the right place.
that is December: the joy of one
entirely by the wholly
joyous event of another.
Sean J. Mahoney lives with his wife, her parents, two Uglydolls, and three dogs in Santa Ana, California. He works in geophysics despite living with Multiple Sclerosis. Sean was out-boozed by Franciscan monks in Ireland and swam with Whale Sharks in Mexico. He believes that punk rock somehow miraculously survives, that Judas was a way better singer than Jesus, and that diatomaceous earth is a not well known enough gardening marvel. His work has appeared in MiPoesias, Muddy River Review, Occupoetry, Poetry Quarterly, Poydras Review, and Wordgathering, among others.