Friday, 5 April 2013

Moral Dilemma

Today is market day.
Women have come down
from their remote villages
to their nearest town.
They greet one another
among the busy stalls
but pay scant attention
to the vendors’ calls.
They talk about their lovers
and extol their virility
yet point out the dangers
that go with promiscuity.
The opinion is prevalent
we ought to warn all maids
not to indulge in shenanigans
in case they catch Aids.
It would be so much better
if they could get protection
but they are subjected
to religious objection.
Clerics of different creeds
raise their hands in horror
and declare we shall live
in Sodom or Gomorrah.
So prudence is requested
and also self-control
but, given human nature,
it won’t work at all.

© Luigi Pagano

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Luigi Pagano is a contributor to Poetry24 and other websites. He has published three poetry collections the latest of which is Poetry On Tap.