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Well Done | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

You were a little older than three
the day your father taught you
how to pee, standing up.

Your father trumpeted your triumph
and your mother laughed in the kitchen.
You never heard her laugh again.

Now many decades later,
you remember that day your father
said “Well done.”


Donal Mahoney spent most of his life in Chicago, the son of Irish immigrant parents. He lives as an expatriate now in St. Louis, Missouri, owing to what was once a long search for work. Discovering Biscuits and Sausage Gravy made the transfer easier. More about him can be found at

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