(2.2) The Talent Agent (Ladies Beware!)

You’re looking for women?
You want them to serve men of all ages,
Taking money from them
For you, without benefits or wages?

You want pretty women
And want them to be naive and young,
Little more than children,
Submitting whether they’re right or wrong?

Whoever can afford them
Can readily place their order overseas
With the “talent agent”
Who knows very well how to advertise...

He doesn’t need to hunt,
For women come knocking on his door
Looking for their chance
Naive, thinking he’s what they’re looking for...

He says, “You have talent! ”
And they’re willing to give him what he wants
Not knowing what he meant,
They’ll pay and pose for his catalog for gents

Only the “best of men”
Will get to see their sexy photographs
But then, pimps are men
And their “sexy photos” are good for laughs

Timid and uncertain,
They’re told, very much to their enjoyment
They have better jobs than
Their anticipated employment

No details are given,
Their imaginations fill in the blanks
As travel arrangements
Are quickly made, they happily give thanks

The language is foreign,
But that’s okay because they think they’ll learn
While they are working
And using the money they think they’ll earn

So, young and ignorant,
They believe and their deception is complete
Naive and innocent,
They don’t realise that they’re only “fresh meat”

They quickly learn what’s meant
When they arrive at their destination
Where their papers are taken
And they’re forced into fornication

By pimps, who buy young women
And turn them into pretty prostitutes
Living in fear of the men
Who take their money and keep them destitute

by Karl Stuart Kline

Comments (6)

A great classic and it's equally great translation. Thanks for sharing it here.
Kalidasa's Shakuntala occupies a rare and a prominent place among the scholars and poets of Sanskrit classic literature. The love story of Shakuntala and Dushyanta can be read number of times, again and again. This is a story that has had a great impact on my mind. A fabulous tale retold.
Looking at the antelope! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Surface of the river.... thanks for posting....
What a great decency in man woman interactions those days! I am carried away with the beautiful expressions of the drama.
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