A Sunday Poem — “Sailor”


“Amsterdam is a large port city,”

explains the tourist guide,

“and the Red Light District

started as a service

to sailors.”


“Imagine if you were 6 months on the sea

without seeing a woman;

what would be the first thing

you would want to do

when you got on shore?”

I look at the women behind the window;


I imagine.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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