Donal Mahoney

The first time a man meets her,
his lids flicker,
an appropriate reaction.
The first time a woman meets her,
her eyes pop out and coil on her forehead,
another appropriate reaction.
Who can blame either?
Today, who buys the canard
about the true, the good, the beautiful
in theory or in a woman?
Let them watch her as I did.
Let them frisk her for flaws
that will allow them to live
as they are, as they were,
as I was when I met her.
Till then, let her bloom
with my children
while I wonder, I try.

©2012 This work is the property of the author.


Posted on September 14, 2012, in Donal Mahoney, POETRY and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. More excellent work from Donal Mahoney. I highly recommend reading his back catalogue, which you can do by clicking the link:

  2. Love the line: “let them frisk her for flaws”–wish I had written it!

  3. Better the true,the good,the beautiful in the Platonic sense than the good, bad and the ugly in
    a Socratic sensibility.

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