Speak to Me

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© Bailey Cooper
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Maria, lonely prostitute on a street of pain,
You, at least, hail me and speak to me
While a thousand others ignore my face.
You offer me an hour of love,
And your fees are not as costly as most.
You are the madonna of the lonely,
The first-born daughter in a world of pain.
You do not turn fat men aside,
Or trample on the stuttering, shy ones,
You are the meadow where desperate men
Can find a moment's comfort.

Man comes to you when his bed is filled with brass and emptiness,
When liquor has dulled his sense enough
To know his need of you.
He will come in fantasy and despair, Maria,
And leave without apologies.
He will come in loneliness--and perhaps
Leave in loneliness as well.
But you give him more than soldiers who win medals and pensions,
More than priests who offer absolution
And sweet-smelling ritual,
More than friends who anticipate his death
Or challenge his life,
And your fee is not as costly as most.

~ Kavanaugh

14 responses

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (14 Jan 2013):


  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith said (14 Jan 2013):


  • peter bodigor

    peter bodigor gave props (14 Jan 2013):

    Super cool image!!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (14 Jan 2013):

    funny how we think alike---both words and capture,,,,powerful--love your new technique

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (14 Jan 2013):


  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (15 Jan 2013):

    Beautiful and deeply moving. Outstanding work of art.

  • YeremiYAH Ben Ysrayl

    YeremiYAH Ben Ysrayl   gave props (15 Jan 2013):

    All I can say is wow nice... James.

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (16 Jan 2013):

    Outstanding Bailey
    You are a genuine,creative,talented true artist in every sense of the word.
    They're so many amazing,brilliant and original people on this site and from what I've seen in the nearly 6 years I've been a member you are one of the very best.
    I find you work to be both interesting and inspiring.
    Well done !!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (16 Jan 2013):

    WOW!!! Awesome and powerful!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    good work!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Jan 2013):

    Wicked cool image.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (20 Jan 2013):

    Hauntingly gorgeous, Bailey!

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (20 Jan 2013):

    WOW !!!!! fantastic


    MARCO MEYO   gave props (25 Feb 2013):

    Hauntingly moving.....exceptional image .....

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