1994



in my past life

i earned my keep

keeping track

of a facility

of hard women



hard women

from hard livin’



all sentenced

for various

deeds

fraud

possession with intent

embezzlement

theft

burglary

assault

rape

vehicular homicide

vehicular manslaughter

murder

stories as varied

as fingerprints



once a month

a group of women

from a local clinic came

to provide a class

and free condoms

and dental dams

and little pink cards

for confidential

STD testing



the state’s attempt

to keep the hard women

from breeding hard children

with hard men



but all

left the class

horrified

because the

fifty year old

instructor

showed them how

to put a condom

on a banana

with her mouth