The strip club

“But in the importance and noise of to-morrow
When the brokers are roaring like beasts on the floor of the
And the poor have the sufferings to which they are fairly
And each in the cell of himself is almost convinced of his
A few thousand will think of this day
As one thinks of a day when one did something slightly unusual”
W. H. Auden,  In Memory Of W.B. Yeats

The red room

the circus ring in the middle

the air infused with the pungency

of the decaying minds


She crawls into her cage

writhing with invisible pain

the beast in her leaps across the anthropocene

her eyes remain blank


Gluttonous mouths

howl ghastly rejoice

clash their fangs

bite into her soul


Tearful, I leave the red room

in my the locked corners of my brain

abhorrence swirls in my stomach

my spirit aches


What do you think of strip clubs?


Foot note: This is one particular feeling of mine in a particular situation. I do not intend condone or shame individuals working or indulging in this profession.

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  1. I don’t enjoy strip clubs. I’m 47 years old and have been in two strip clubs in my life. The first was my bachelor party, when I was 23 years old, had a 20-pound bowling ball attached to my ankle with a heavy-duty chain, and had already become blackout drunk. My “friends” carried me into the club, and I was passed out the whole time. The second was when I was 25 and celebrating my brother’s graduation from Army Ranger training. I was sober and awake for that visit. I did not enjoy it at all. If I’m going to watch a woman take her clothes off, I want to be able to do more than watch. I certainly wouldn’t pay for the privilege. Having said all that, though, I don’t have a problem with strip clubs. They just aren’t my cup of tea, but I don’t begrudge others their desire to indulge and certainly wouldn’t presume to tell any adult woman she has no right to pursue that type of career.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, specially that you reminded me to add at the end of my post that I don’t condone anyone either, just personal feelings. Thanks for that!

  2. Not a fan. The few I’ve been to are kind of sleazy places.

    1. Same here

  3. I like to honor women and not disrespect them. I am not judging, just giving my opinion.

    1. I appreciate you sharing your stand, I didn’t mean to judge either, just expressing personal feelings.

      1. Continue sharing, stay awesome

  4. I’m with emotionsoflife. Degrading, devaluating, objectifying. …like making sport of a wounded animal

    1. That’s how i seemed to me, kind of depressing rather than fun or up lifting.

      1. Yes, right? Ive ran across so many of these women in life and yet all were broken in some way and the men who involve themselves or enjoy it, both fund it and add to the brokeness yet have an opposing view if it were their own mothers, sisters, daughters. Sad oddity

        1. Sad indeed !

  5. Not my ideal choice for entertainment. But I have, at various points in my life, been able count such dancers among my friends, or even clients (I’m an accountant, just to ensure context is clear). Yes, there are certain establishments where the performers are treated as little more than commodities, but for many it is they who are in control. They do it because they genuinely enjoy it.

    1. Thanks for sharing this, as long as a person is happy, who am I to judge. They are just trying to make money from what they can or enjoy.

  6. Great poem, Em!

    I’ve actually never been to a strip club, so I don’t have much of an opinion concerning them. It’s not, however, the way I’d choose to spend my limited money.I also live in a fairly rough area, so I don’t expect any of my local strip clubs to be overly high quality.

    1. Thanks for sharing, you are not missing out on anything special.

      1. I actually had the manager of a strip club offer to let me come in and get all the best ‘attention’ from the girls, in exchange for helping him late one night. The city where he worked was a bit far for me though, and I felt like I’d be using the women for my own cheap pleasures.

        1. Interesting, I didn’t know managers can do that.

          1. I didn’t either…

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