Roshni D'Souza

My Apology To The Prostitute

I stared at you long enough to let our eyes meet
and wondered at your heels on that icy street.
Wondered at services you had already rendered,
either for gain or gratuitously tendered.

Wondered if your payscale is based on fantasy and fetishes
or is it simply a spreadsheet of hourly wishes.
And as I almost bent down, my first stone to pick,
I got a call from a client who makes me quite sick.

Then I started to remember times when I dressed to please;
and even more times when I laughed with too much ease.
As I started to tally my payscale and score,
I had to humbly admit that you're probably worth more.

Slowly, but surely, I started to realize
that, quite often indeed, I serve those that I despise.
If to prostitute is to put to base use for gain,
then I, amongst most, should be first to earn disdain.

Poem Submitted: Friday, March 13, 2009
Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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  • Jennine G. (10/20/2012 7:34:00 PM)

    Beautiful truth about how we should view people through God's eyes - with grace and mercy. That we need not throw the first stone because we hold our own problems.

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  • Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (10/24/2009 7:22:00 PM)

    a fantastic poem..you have excellently brought out the connection..10

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  • Raj ArumugamRaj Arumugam (6/13/2009 5:58:00 AM)

    a strong poem about our unfair treatment of workers in the sex industry... society creates the environment and the need for them and then treats them like filth...A good honest poem about this group of people who need our attention, respect and understanding...

    I am glad to read in the local papers here in Australia how the govt has several programs to offer vocational training for these women, when they want to, so that they can take up new jobs...I heard on the BBC how workers in the sex industry in Tamil Nadu are learning TKD in order to protect themselves from physical abuse! Good on them!

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  • Kale Beaudry (5/24/2009 9:11:00 PM)

    If only I could be more original in my response, but everything I've wanted to say has already been said. It's refreshing to see such unique insight delivered with poetic clarity...

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  • Sonya Florentino (4/25/2009 6:05:00 AM)

    every one of us, we do 'sell' ourselves in one form or another... an insigthful write...

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  • Susan Bagley (3/22/2009 8:33:00 PM)

    Roshni,
    Your social awareness and depth is very astute and these type poems need to be written. If you look back at the masters of literature they always icorportated current social ills into their characters and story lines. You have done this with your poetry rather than just write about emotions like Love.
    I applaud you again.

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  • Lt Feitosa (3/22/2009 3:45:00 PM)

    Fantastic poem...you rule!

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  • Reshma Ramesh (3/18/2009 7:10:00 AM)

    superb write roshini..........................great..........well penned

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  • premji premjipremji premji (3/16/2009 6:13:00 AM)

    Roshni(a shaft of light) into a cursed birth....

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  • Naseer Ahmed NasirNaseer Ahmed Nasir (3/16/2009 6:13:00 AM)

    You have made poetry out of disdain. A superb poem, Roshni. Keep it up......10/10.

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (3/16/2009 12:25:00 AM)

    an unusual theme...and a dfferent view point...but frank and honest...good poetic lines make the reader think deep...thanks 10

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  • Anita Wisniewska (3/14/2009 4:14:00 AM)

    reminds me of when I used to live and Paris & hookers lined the pavements.... yes is effective.

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  • Rosalita Fernandez (3/13/2009 6:40:00 PM)

    amazingly done, well written structured and well written well done

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