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Exotic Dancer

Do people think you are sleazy and bad,
since the day you replied to that want ad?
The words were in black and white, and plain.
“No Experience Necessary, We Train”.
This job is not what most women would like to get,
However, it pays the bills and keeps you out of debt.
You live in a nice house, and drive a Corvette.
Of all the occupations anyone can seek,
there are not too many paying two grand a week.
They hired you for what came naturally.
Men easily discover your great beauty.
You have the looks of a centerfold in a magazine.
Your dancing in the club makes quite a scene.

A fight with your old man made him pack and go away.
He left you and your child unexpectedly one day.
You were desperate and needed a job right away.
It seems nobody was impressed with your resume.
Other employers apparently could not be convinced.
So many places only wanted experienced.

When you are dancing in the club each night,
men from all over think you are a delight.
Scantily clad, you erotically tease.
This is how you gather your gratuities.
Some men get obnoxious, and a bit out of hand.
Enforcers appear to take a stand.
A small team of bouncers comes out to greet.
The mashers land in the middle of the street.
Never mind what people think is wrong or right.
Many men like me will be seeing you tonight.

Copyright © Robert Pettit

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  1. Date: 10/6/2012 2:24:00 PM
    I had to read this when you said my poem reminded you of yours. I have to say mine does no justice next to yours! I loved the read and you describe it quite acurately.

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 10:19:00 AM
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!!! Great writing, Robert. Many congrats on your big win. Lainie

  1. Date: 4/14/2011 9:23:00 AM
    Woah! boom chucka boom!

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 3:36:00 PM
    smashing, robert... well deserved top win; APPLAUSE! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 2:45:00 PM
    Very creative..Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 10:01:00 AM
    a delightful read with a different perspective . Congratulationis on this winner...Judy

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 5:29:00 AM
    Congratulations for your 1st Place win Robert in the contest "Burlesque Boutique" sponsored by Miranda Lambert. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/13/2011 3:32:00 AM
    Many Congratulations Robert on your 1st place win in this Burlesque Boutique contest. gautami

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 11:07:00 PM
    A big congats to you on this one. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. IT's too bad when a mom has to work this way, and yet that is how life works out sometimes!

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 5:01:00 PM
    So true, hard times for woman raised to think men will care for them and finding out that's not necessarily so..sad but true excellent write. Congrad's LIght & Love

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 4:43:00 PM
    congrats Robert on your first place win in the contest

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 4:38:00 PM
    Congrats. on first place Bob. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 1:14:00 PM
    Great entry...and a First Place win well deserved!!! Congrats ~ Ellen <3

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 12:29:00 PM
    I am sure you have told an accurate story of how many of these girls began their career in dancing the burlesque. Well done, Robert!!

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 11:58:00 AM
    Many congratulations Robert on your win in Randa's fine contest. Most deserving of it's top place....:)

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 9:29:00 AM
    Congrats Robert on your first place win in the Burlesque contest .. enjoy your top spot for a fantastic entry luv..

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 9:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on the first place win in the contest , Robert

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 8:27:00 AM
    Many congrats on your 1st place : )

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 8:11:00 AM
    Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 8:11:00 AM