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taxi dancer

she’s a taxi dancer. if she likes a man, & for the proper
tribute of cash, she will go beyond dancing. well beyond.

a man gets lonely when he is in a strange city, & I am
perhaps lonelier than most. I’m not the social type, but I
do enjoy the company of a woman, & I like to dance.

in the dancehall, I go to the bar & purchase a ginger
drink. the girls sit in their area on red velvet sofas, as
they wait for escorts with the little red tickets. there is
so much red here, which is the color of temptation.

I approach a girl who catches my eye, & somehow makes my
heartbeat quicken in an odd way. her nametag, which is bordered
with lace, say Gina. she smiles, I give her a ticket, & we dance.

as we move in a slow rhythm, we speak of things as stranger do,
ethereal, & of no consequence. I am content to smell her hair,
feel her cheek against mine, & the timid vibration of beauty
beneath her cocktail dress.

after dancing, we sit together at a table, which the tickets allow.
she offers herself to me for other activities, but I have no desire
to know her in that way. there will come a time when it will be
honest & incorruptible.

on occasion, I would put my arm around her. she would close
her eyes, head upon my shoulder, & say ‘this is nice.’ & that
was the most endearing.

sometimes I sit & watch her as she dances with other men. she
smiles & laughs at their vulgarities. if they leave together, I wait
for her return; I do not dance with the other girls.

one night I waited for two hours. when the hall closed, I waited
outside, but the wind grew cold, & I had to go. she does what she
is given to do, & I do not make judgments.

there is an ancient question: if God can do anything, can He make
a stick with only one end? if a man can write a story, can he write
it with no ending at all?

one day she will need me,
and I will be here…

(Artist unknown)

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