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blues of the melancholy whores

when youíre in a place where you donít want to be, home is a long way &
a long time gone. the meals are bad, the coffee is bitter, & you donít
have a girl of your own. all you have is this melancholy & this whore.

I came out of the public toilet & saw her waiting in the doorway down the
hall, nude & sky-tinged. the blue light in the ceiling was soft & cool in the
warm Panamanian night.

it was in those lonely years that I believed no woman would ever love me.
when I engaged with a whore, for those moments when she held me &
we belonged to no one else, I felt loved.

as I sat on the bed, she slipped a condom on me. I touched her arm, that
was busy under my hand in the ministrations of sold sex. touched her
face, sweet, & cautious, like she thought I might hit her.

I like women, even when I donít love them. the way they smell & the way
they look. sensual curves that fall easily to the painterís eye & the
cameraís lens. like this woman, who was art masquerading as a prostitute.

she lies on the bed & offers me entry into this whore, this woman, this art.
she stimulates me with her hands & her Spanish obscenities, & when she
kisses & sucks on my neck, I unload my 10ccís into the rubber barricade.

after the sex, I walked naked in that blue ghost-light to the latrine, & it
didnít matter. in the shadow culture of whores & the strangers they
serviced, everyone is naked & faceless.

later in the bar, I contemplate the poetic irony of it †Ė †
to fornicate a whore, a blue nude,
& thereby intrude into the vaginal depths of artÖ

(Art: Florence Peterson)

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