Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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Pretty Is As Pretty Does

by The Rev. Theresa Jackson

She makes blood boil with a heat that cooks.
Beware of her smile and her striking looks.
She's a natural. She's a special lady.
She's been in control since she was a baby.

With confidence she'll take you in.
She'll melt you down. You'll never win.
Call it sex appeal. Call it what you will.
You'll burn with a fever. She'll make you ill.

Pretty is as Pretty does! Pretty has too many loves!

I swear by God in the heaven above,
You'll be consumed by Pretty’s love.
She'll make you think you are her one and only.
Here's words of wisdom: Pretty’s a phony!

I love to watch you men in action.
You think that Pretty gives satisfaction.
Behind closed doors is what counts for now.
Just a few tomorrows will she allow.

Pretty is as Pretty does! Pretty has too many loves!

The bars are full of her used-to-be’s.
You'll be just like them, down on your knees.
No one can tell you that she's two-faced.
You'll know real soon, when you've been replaced.

Then you'll drown your sorrows and you'll cry in your beer.
You'll say looks are not everything, but who wants to hear?
I know you men sing the same old song...
Because come another Pretty, and you'll string along.

Pretty is as Pretty does! Pretty has too many loves!

© 2004 The Rev. Theresa Jackson

Theresa Jackson is a 50ish going on 29 year old lady trying desperately to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. She has lived in Sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida all her life. She has been married four times and will NEVER pull that stunt again! Due to several tragedies in her life she has a couple of unfinished book projects and a script about these Tragedies that need to be finished. A fire recently gutted her home and took  practically everything she owned and killed the beautiful talking Cockatoo she'd had since it was a Baby! She is heartbroken, homeless, and currently living with her youngest son, Chip. She only submitted these poems as a feeler to see if anyone liked what she had to say. Their acceptance brightened her day and her attitude. She just may go forward with her projects now, and has Aphelion to thank for that.

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