Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

Donal Mahoney

The Keepers



The billionaire would send 11 million back

across the border but not the four perhaps

who on this searing summer day


climb to the top of our house and creep

like spiders in a hurry, ripping off

our old roof and putting on a new one


singing joyful songs of their homeland.

The billionaire would find few Yanks  

willing to go up there for the money


to swing a claw and hammer in the heat

day after day and work so hard so well.

These four, and thousands more, are keepers.

Donal Mahoney has appeared in The Recusant and other publications in various nations. Some of his work can be found at