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Holly Day
The Hooker

He picked the prostitute up just outside of the club
Broad daylight, she was looking for a ride and he
Didn't like the thought of her hitchhiking in this part of town.
Eventually, a blowjob worked its way into the conversation

And he felt good about paying her for it, instead of
Some other guy who might have AIDS or who might
Try to hurt her. he told her this as he handed her the money
Let her know that he was looking out for her

She was lucky to have a customer like him. He wanted
To drive her all the way home, make sure
She got in safely, but she insisted on being let off
On the same corner he found her.


Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes in the Minneapolis school district. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Worcester Review, Broken Pencil, and Slipstream, and she is a recent recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and German. Her novel, "The Trouble With Clare," is due out from Hydra Publications in 2013.

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