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Poetry

The Harlot


“Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”, AFI DWW, 2006 By Ashley Rhodes Costume Design

They hate and me they loathe;
Underfed, Jobless, broke.
It’s not just because of them;
But in it, they have a part;
Did them no Sin;
Admire their art;
While they banquet;
Drinking Rum smoking cigars, eating steaks;

Class.
My sister serves them;

Washes the dishes, puts the children to bed at seven.
Mother cleans their homes;
As father tends to livestock.
Brother works their fields;

Season in, season out;
But when their wives nag;

And there’s no one to whom to brag;
They seek solace in me.

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