the edge

she passed from one important man
to another,
from bed to bed
(and sometimes out of bed)
from man to man
society’s important men:
politician’s, athletes, artists,
lawyers, doctors, entertainers,
producers, financiers,
and they all gave her things:
gifts, money, publications and
appearances and
but when she died suddenly
at 32
the only ones at her funeral
an aunt from Virginia
her bookie
her dope dealer
a bartender
and various hired hands of
graveyard routine.
but she held
2 final aces:
she’d never worked an
8 hour day
and they buried her
with all the gold
in her teeth.