Poem – Plain Girl Pretty (By Donal Mahoney)

Plain Girl Pretty
Rose was a plain girl
from a small town.
She sang in the choir,
never missed Bible study,
left for the big city
after high school.
She worked nights 
in a shanty diner
next to a bar where
working men gathered.
Depending on how much
the men had to drink
Rose looked appealing
but she ignored them all,
said they wanted what
she had to keep in case 
she got married.
Marriage never happened
and the years soared by.
In her thirties Rose 
became pregnant 
to everyone’s surprise.
No one knew who 
the father was and 
Rose wouldn’t say.
Rose raised the boy,
put him through school.
On graduation day
her son asked her
who his father was.
She said his father was
the only man 
she ever saw put
on a hamburger.
It made her laugh.
And he was the only man 
who ever told her 
she was pretty.
Much better 
than any tip.
His father 
was a blind man
and he meant it.

Author Bio:

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He has had fiction and poetry published in various publications in the U.S. and elsewhere. Among them are The Galway Review (Ireland), The Recusant (England), The Missing Slate (Pakistan), Guwahatian Magazine (india), Bluepepper (Australia), The Osprey Journal (Wales), Public Republic (Bulgaria), and The Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey). Some of his earliest work can be found at http://booksonblog12.blogspot.comand some of his newer work at