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Beulah Needs Another Man | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

Beulah needs another man who’ll take
the garbage out at dawn and not
bring it back again at midnight, something
Jasper’s done many nights for years.
Beulah knows when Jasper’s found

another woman but she never says a word
because Jasper always mows the lawn
and rakes the leaves and fixes
things around the house unlike
Homer who was never handy.

But yesterday the doctor said Jasper has
six months to live so Beulah wants to meet
another handy man at Jasper’s wake.
She met Jasper at a wake the day
he dropped the lid on Homer’s coffin.

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