Highway harlots


vikas chandra

Won’t the trucks roar down, past the highway shacks?
Where loom pounding hearts, caged in cheery chests
Whiffs of tea and hooch, entwined, in sultry stacks
Ah! Here comes the caravan, of ravenous men, for racy fests

Is it a passage, or pilgrimage, for endless miles to yearn?
On roaring trucks, drift barren souls, stalk a shred of love
Exiled from homes, for holy bread, myriad miles to burn
Drive their pyres on diesel fires, with woeful lots to shove

What beauty bore, that sinful whore, why she bears all the brunt?
“Highway harlots”, why auctioned, in markets made by men
A passion raw, is it nature’s flaw, or machismo’s, right to hunt?
Split, a woman in two, betwixt virtue and sanity’s burden

Touched at last, that chased mirage, men would have their fills
With one-night wives, fireflies, each ounce of whose, purchased
Unwary of what lurks, in these thrills…

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