bordello       

 

Roman beaker, ca. 200*


  drunk
             I'm gone
             these whores are too damn pricey           
             and you don't get your money’s worth
   pimp
             here she is
             what you want
             and at a good price too
 whore
             no way
             I've a John coming
eunuch
             so it goes
             you’re in you’re out
             who can tell
             in this world



* in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; it depicts a theatrical
scene with this imagined dialogue.