Poems and Poetry

Funny as a Heart Attack | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

A group of older men gather
once a week to talk about life
after a heart attack.

Old Len chews tobacco still
and tells jokes in a voice so low
no one can hear the punch line.

Another man asks Len
to talk louder so they all
can hear the punch line.

That’s when they discover
Len’s been telling the same joke
at every meeting, over and over.

The joke’s about a loan officer
who lends a man $10,000 for a
face lift that turns out so good

the lender can’t find him.
With heart attacks in common,
the men yell “Tell it, again, Len!”

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