Survival

She spreads her legs
wide for their pleasure
how many today?

She loses touch with
what’s only a number

another man who sweats and
heaves and cries when done

they grunt and lick and feel

later

she walks along the river
holding hands with a man
that knows how to love

she dreams

of children laughing
in the yard

she prays

this man will finish soon
have his way be gone
leave his money on the stand

she wants