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Odd and Strange | A Poem by Donal Mahoney

The day Paul got married,
his old girlfriend called his house
just before he and his bride Anne

caught the plane for their honeymoon.
Paul was outside packing the car
and Anne answered the phone.

His old girlfriend was angry because
Paul had married somebody else so she
told Anne strange things Paul liked to do,

strange things Anne had never heard of,
stuff that didn’t sound like Paul at all,
but Anne said nothing about the call

and they flew off to a nice honeymoon,
diving off cliffs and swimming in the sea,
seeing rare birds and tropical flowers,

eating native foods Anne hadn’t heard of.
Years later, they went back to Oahu
for their 40th anniversary, and Anne

told Paul about the call but didn’t say
anything about what the girl had said
although she remembered every word.

They were sipping drinks at a cafe
when Paul admitted he remembered
the girl because she would ask him to do

things he thought odd and strange.
He was open-minded but there’s a limit.
Anne said she understood because after

40 years with Paul, she now liked to do
things she thought odd and strange when
she left the Amish for something new.

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