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Sonnet: A Woman In Every Port

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After dumping the body of Usama bin Laden at sea on May 2, 2011, the USS Carl Vinson sailed into Fremantle port, Australia, for some R and R.

Where you from? We don't smell Old Spice round here

much any more, she said. Cool, fresh, spice.

Her eyes said, Buy me a drink; I'll be nice.

Leave me alone, I thought. Oh, are you queer?

she purred, taunting, legs crossed like Sharon Stone.

So I bought her a drink to shut her up.

Barfly, I thought, isn't it just my luck.

Left her there. Went outside to smoke a bone.

Freo wasn't all it could be, ask me.

Dunno, the way we dumped bin Laden's body

into the sea stank; no swabbie pics; oddly

arranged, like a cover-up. Had to pee.

At the bar I bought her many others --

F*ck it! I said. Smiled at Sally Struthers.

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Oceania.

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