The women  caress their own bodies

gesturing meaningfully at traffic lights

in anesthetic evenings.

Scrutinizing gazes and alluring curves

culminate in greedy negotiations

Continuing the ancient business.

Men mingle rusted numbers of rosy fairy tales

Measuring truth and lies

about those earthen goddesses-

embodying the inscrutable enigma etched in antiquity.

Thus they survive on sugarcoated myths

meandering in  oblivious labyrinths

in enchanted despair.

~ Bargain ~
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