Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I’m in Love with a Prostitute named Patricia By Jasen Sousa

I’m in Love with a Prostitute named Patricia

I fell in love with Patricia
long before she started selling
her body for money.
She’s still my girl
even though other men call her honey.

Patricia knew I loved her deeply,
she also knew her profession was slowly killing me.
Employed with a career that slowly destroys,
she was not a bad person,
only someone with limited possibilities.
When she was 12
her father introduced her to oral sex,
a true tale
with a moral everyone might not get.

Patricia’s mom passed away when she was 13,
that was her best friend.
It signified the beginning of the end as
she became pregnant at 14,
had her baby at 15,
spent nine months as an expectant mother
and nine months as a dope fiend.

Needle-fed heroine
into her daughter’s blood stream.
The baby didn’t want to get high,
but when you’re an embryo
no one can hear you scream.
A mother and an addict
who will never kick her habit,
it’s the only way
she knows how to cope with dilemmas.
I can still picture it now,
a cigarette in her hand

while her body experienced tremors.
I remember being at the house
washing the floor and doing the dishes,
hoping that I could rejuvenate her mind
to once again experience wishes.

I could not provide comfort
for the entire day,
she needed to make her pay
and being a prostitute was the only known way.

I wish
I was the only man in her life
who got to hug and kiss her.
She might be a prostitute named Patricia,
but on my dresser I’ll always have her picture
and tell her every night how much I miss her.

Taken From
Selected Poems of Jasen Sousa
Comprised of works from:
Life, Weather (First Collection of Poems Written At Age 17) (Not In College)
A Thought and A Tear for Every Day of The Year: A Poetic Diary (Written Between ages 18-19) (Stint at Suffolk University)
Close Your Eyes and Dream With Me (Written During Early Twenties) (Bay State College)
Almost Forever (Written During Early Twenties) (Bay State College)
A Mosaic of My Mind (Written at Age 24) (Beginning Emerson College)

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