Ben Newell

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swiss miss

In Zurich,
they provide prostitutes
with slots,
little safe havens
in
which
to conduct their business;
it’s like
a coin-op carwash
and/or
fast food drive-thru,
maintained
and monitored
for
cleanliness and safety,
a win-win
for both parties—

While
my western ass
sweats it out
in a Motel 6 parking lot,
wondering if the prostitute
behind the blue door
is legit
or
a decoy
luring me
where the authorities await
with truncheons
and electroshock weapons
engineered
to fry
my
central nervous system.

It shouldn’t be this hard
to buy sex
in a world power
like ours;
we call ourselves
the greatest nation
on earth
even though
our watches are slow
and
the chocolate
weak

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