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Street Rat

O lady of the street, thy flaunts of desire come
at a steep price.
The cost of passion is to go unloved, the rat
in the eyes of the wealth.
The stench of your lustful ways lingers in the
stained air of London,
and the rich and powerful adhere to your services,
then they say that money cannot buy you happiness.

Even love, the most precious gift of all can be sold
and bought at a price,
and life can be taken free of charge, it is but a vase
above a cravass.
You walk the streets like the rope above the stage,
many will hope you fall, but the end of the journey is
always in your sight.

Thy mistress of the rose, your petals have a
poisonous touch.
Though your skin may be soft and red as blood, with
the alluring aroma of your promises of lust,
I pick you by the throns and shead no tears of pain.
It is I that applauds you when you do not fall to your doom.

So take my hand and I shall declare you my own,
the rat has joined society at last.
For do we not all scurry through our lives,
disgusting and weak by the everdrawing hand of death.
And if the rat can change, then I shall declare my love for it. 
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Poetry.com 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 votes.
Lizard TheChamelion More than 1 year ago
I hear you. You do an excellent job of portraying the hardships in life... the nitty gritty reality of life so different from naive ideals. I've always admired the people who walk the street because I'm so incapable of doing so myself. Still, I don't think she's going to let you claim her. Those people can't be claimed
Thomas Brady More than 1 year ago
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) and no they will never be claimed by just one, but it's worth a try when the reward is so sweet.
Annjohnson Murphree More than 1 year ago
Imagery, theme, it all grabs the reader. ajm
Thomas Brady More than 1 year ago
Thank you Annjohnson, I'll be sure to review some of your work.
Emily More than 1 year ago
maybe you should make it shorter but, i like it
Thomas Brady More than 1 year ago
I thought about this when I was writing it, but I feel that shortening the verses may take away the effects that it tries to give. But thank you for the review, much appreciated
Maria Pomsaharova More than 1 year ago
I would suggest editing the lines, to make them shorter and creating more lines in one stanza. But otherwise very well done.
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