She was a tall, handsome woman
The friend of a friend
had a vine with flowers and butterflies
tattooed on her lower belly
getting her Doctorate in Sociology.
She was paying her way through school
as an independent escort
-a high paid sex-worker-
for an evening or a weekend.
She had an idea to unionize her profession.
Get rid of the pimps, get healthcare, give them a future.
And she had the names of her clients-
businessmen and politicos
She was found in her closed garage.
Dead of CO poisoning.
‘Suicide’ they said.
No one believed it but
for a day or two.