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A Different Kind Of Love (the Oldest Profession)

John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.


Love For Hire

She sits cross legged on the rug,

Her hair shines by the fire.

Soft music sets a gentle mood,

A sign says, "Love For Hire".

She reads a book of classic poems

By Keats, and Shaw, and Frost,

And sips a glass of French champagne

With no thought of the cost.

The private number of her phone

Is known to privileged few,

Some senators, and movie stars,

And others well to do.

Her penthouse on the highest floor

Is furnished to perfection.

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Four poster bed with white silk sheets,

And rare Renoir collection.

The prostitute is the scapegoat for everyone’s sins, and few people care whether she is justly treated or not. Good people have spent thousands of pounds in efforts to reform her, poets have written about her, essayists and orators have made her the subject of some of their most striking rhetoric; perhaps no class of people has been so much abused, and alternatively sentimentalized over as prostitutes have been but one thing they have never yet had, and that is simple respect.

— Alison Neilans (1884-1942)

The bathroom has a sunken spa,

With mirrors wall to wall.

A fireplace warms the spacious lounge,

And plants adorn the hall.

Her nom-de-plume Danielle Rousseau,

Her real name unimportant.

Fluent french pours from her lips,

She's a model of deportment.

Her body is in perfect shape

She sculpts it in the gym.

Her waist length hair is sleek and blonde,

And flawless is her skin.

No man can resist her charms,

This lady of delight,

And for a sample of her love,

500 bucks a night.


Most girls want to marry

And have families of their own,

But Danielle is quite content,

She rarely is alone.

Millionaires ask for her hand,

But each time she declines.

Her life belongs to her alone,

She needs no ties or binds.

She could have been a model,

Or an airline stewardess,

A wealthy city lawyer,

Or a doctor, nothing less.

With a college education

And numerous degrees,

She had the choice of her career.

A 'whore' she chose to be.

Though that word is never used by her,

It doesn't suit her style,

And if her service you require,

Your name must be on file.

The women who take husbands not out of love but out of greed, to get their bills paid, to get a fine house and clothes and jewels; the women who marry to get out of a tiresome job, or to get away from disagreeable relatives, or to avoid being called an old maid — these are whores in everything but name. The only difference between them and my girls is that my girls gave a man his money’s worth.

— Polly Adler (1900-1962)

Everybody has the chance

To set goals in their lives,

Each of us then makes our choice,

And Danielle's was wise.

Pimps have tried to muscle in

And hit her for collection,

But Danielle just laughs them off.

She has police protection.

Tonight she meets a V.I.P.

A foreign diplomat,

A man who's known throughout the world,

From Australia to Iraq.

The doorbell rings, he has arrived,

Danielle unlocks the door.

She greets her client with a kiss

And soon he begs for more.

On the bed, between silk sheets

With passion uncontrolled,

Desire and love is intertwined

As ecstasy unfolds.

No need to dress in uniform

Or aproned as a maid.

She doesn't stoop to kinky sex,

Unless it's done her way.

“Churchill: "Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?" Socialite: "My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course... "

Churchill: "Would you sleep with me for five pounds?"

Socialite: "Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!" Churchill: "Madam, we've already established that. Now we are haggling about the price”

— Winston Churchill

While strolling down the boulevard

She can feel the staring eyes.

Women look with jealousy,

Men with wanton sighs.

Danielle may be a prostitute,

A 'lady of the night',

Though never just a common whore,

But an 'expert in delight'.

To change her life and settle down

Is just not her desire.

She's rich beyond your wildest dreams,

This girl whose "love's for hire'.


© 2013 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 11, 2015:

Hi Suzette, you are correct. This case is the exception, rather than the norm. But this other tier of prostitution does exist. It is just more discreet.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 11, 2015:

Interesting look at prostitution. Sadly this type does not happen to most women. She has a choice because of her education and knowing how to 'work the system.' The majority of prostitutes lead a hellish life.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 02, 2015:

Yes it is Audrey. It really needs to be seen as so. It ha been around forever and does fill a need in society. There would be a lot more violent sexual crime if there was no prostitution. It isn't all black and white. Thanks for reading.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 02, 2015:

I liked this John! Prostitution is a business like many others--but we criminalize sexual behaviors of all kinds--sad really

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 23, 2015:

Thank you very much Fred for that insightful comment and for actually reading this poem. I agree, legalisation of prostitution would solve many of the issues the industry faces. It is something that will always be around..(like pot) so legalise it and make it better regulated. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

Fred Arnold from Clearwater, FL on January 23, 2015:

Fantastic poem! I agree as well. Making things illegal causes the issues you see today. There's an underground market for drugs because people cannot easily obtain them. Is there an underground market for cigarettes and alcohol? (probably, but it does not dominate the market) There's a big underground market for sex because society portrayed it as something dirty which created the stigma against paying for sex. Now instead of businesses following strict procedures involving health and tax regulations, the businesses slide under the radar and can be unsanitary. It is something that will not go away, like pot, so legalize it so it can be regulated. I digress... I loved your poem. That is all!


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 23, 2015:

Thank you ps, life is not always just black or white and it is too easy to judge. Some people are forced into a certain life others choose freely. Danielle is actually based on a number of women in a documentary I watched about high end call girls. Thank you for sending those Angels. They are always welcome.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 23, 2015:

This lady of the night or day as it were...sounds as though her life is quite content.

We can have our characters react any way we desire in our works. I do wonder though what the ladies of the night who shuffle from one John to another, out in the real world, pimped out, feel. What their desires would be??

Life really is all about choices, isn't it? Two roads diverge and we choose...

Your style is captivating and memorable---will continue to come back to see what is new at your place

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 23, 2015:

Thank you Catherine. It is easy to be judgemental rather than respect one another's right to free choice. Some women may be forced into this lifestyle and are often looked down on and shunned. However there are others who choose this as a career and become very successful. It does sound like a good job description doesn't it.. :)

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on January 23, 2015:

An "Expert in delight"--it sounds like a love-ly job description. Thanks for the fun poem that respects, instead of denigrates, a woman's choices.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 23, 2015:

Hi Dip Mtra, this is one of the first poems I ever wrote and put on Hub Pages. I feel this is a serious subject. I know the true stories of most ladies of the night are tragic and not as grandiose as this story, but I did research it and the upper echelon of prostitutes/escorts do live in luxury like Danielle. My other articles may be more profound but that is due to more experience and maturity as a writer. Glad you liked the rhyme etc, thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 23, 2015:

Very insightful Ed, yes we all make trade off's for something in our lives. No one is completely innocent. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Dip Mtra from World Citizen on January 23, 2015:

Wow Jodah, this is great! You rhyme well. But why this topic in your otherwise serious and at times profound articles?

Let the ladies of the night best be left alone. There are mostly grim stories, not always the grandeur of earning fast bucks.

ahorseback on January 23, 2015:

Nice writing ! , I 'll go a little further though , in relating to life we can see a little of the trade of the prostitute in all of us . From the poor young newlywed to the rich and hierarchy . man or woman . Husband or wife , it seems there is a trade off for living .for love , sex or money , a home , a family or a career what is it we trade for . you can see a little of the prostitute in every set of eye's !+++++

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 23, 2015:

Hello Audrey, you are welcome to visit anytime. Thanks for your kind comment once again.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 22, 2015:

I'm back once again to read about 'Daniell.' You are exceptionally talented my friend. I continue to learn from your unique writing style.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on February 24, 2014:

Lol, damn computers! "Prostitution is a global menace which must be (frowned) at."

all this typos, i hate em... lol

happy to have commented anyway.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 24, 2014:

Thank you very much ubanichijioke, great to get your true comments.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on February 24, 2014:

I love this poem especially the theme discussed. Prostitution is a global menace which must be frown at.

one day, her body will not attract so much gracefulness and charm as it does now.

I love the way you put it here... simple as if a narrative.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 14, 2013:

Hi Harishprasad,

Thank you for taking the time to read this poem and for your wonderful . I didn't want Danielle to seem like a victim, but in control of her life and career. "Love ladies" as you say should be treated with dignity and respect. I try to keep my poems uncomplicated so people can clearly get the message I am trying to convey. Thanks you again for visiting my hubs.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on December 13, 2013:

John, I have read so many stories about" love ladies", but this poem is a classic one, giving all dignity and honour to them that they deserve. The way you have portrayed her ordeal is just a master stroke, though language you have used is very simple,yet so meaningful words ! Really enjoyed reading such a nice stuff ! Thank you very much.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 02, 2013:

Thank you so much nighthag, for your kind words.

I'm glad you could visit and enjoyed this poem.

K.A.E Grove from Australia on December 02, 2013:

I love this, your words created her beautifully in my minds eye as her story held me captivated.

I am in awe...

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 26, 2013:

Why thank you MissCue,

I sure hope my words can dance better than my feet. I think I have two lefties

Helen Kramer from Santa Barbara, CA. on October 26, 2013:

Clever Jodah...I love your ability to make the words dance on the page!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 26, 2013:

Well said Nellieanna, thanks again.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on October 26, 2013:

Yes, there are apparently many people who dabble in the business for practical reasons such as supplemental or emergency income and then find they like the pay-off, - from college folks to spouses with children, as a 'second lifestyle'.

So it could become an endless source of discussion, with pros and cons, moral and practical, including questioning its effects on spouses and children, grade-averages and so forth; but, compared to your article on environmental planetary endangerment, it hardly merits much more than has been said, if that.

Obviously it's a personal choice, as are all other choices of how to live and earn one's living. It's unlikely to subside, since it's been going on since at least the beginning of history, so, unless people are being hurt by it (which may well be, but, again, mostly that's all outside of one's realm to prevent or cure, short of cases of murder & suicide), it may as well fall gently into the hands of those who ARE involved, including photographers, novelists and film-makers, who also make money on its fringes.

I'm glad you wrote this. It's worth taking a look at and seeing how one feels about it. ;-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 26, 2013:

You did already comment Jo, it's just a way back, but I do enjoy getting such generous praise.Thank you so much. Have a good day.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on October 26, 2013:

I read this Friday morning on my way from work, I thought I'd commented but it's possible I didn't click the post comment button. Night duty does tend to make one more muddleheaded than normal. :)

Your poem was simply brilliant! I must say, I don't envy Danielle in the least, but hey, each to his /her own. However your writing skills, now that's something else. :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 26, 2013:

Thanks Eddy,

That means a lot. You have a great weekend too.

Eiddwen from Wales on October 26, 2013:

You are so talented Jodah and this hub shows off that talent at its best.

Have a great weekend.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 25, 2013:

Nellieanna you bring up some very good points, and I agree 'judge-not' is a wise policy. Morality is a complicated topic, and moral values differ from one culture to another, and even from individual to individual.

I didn't really expect this poem to open up such an interesting discussion but am glad it did. In the tv program I mentioned earlier a number of the escorts said that they had regular clients who they wished they could have permanent relationships with, but it would never happen.

One said she was in college and got into escorting because she had to pay a $2000 study fee by the end of the month. She said there were at least 8 classmates working as escorts, and she could make more in one hour then if she worked another job all weekend. She was sure she'd keep working as an escort until she finished college.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on October 25, 2013:

PS - seems as though, by its very nature and identity, prostitution would always lack 'exclusivity', unless the gal has only one client, in which case there's another word for that: mistress, which may still involve a lack of exclusivity on her lover's part.

Point being, it's on the other end of the subject from a monogamy in an exclusive relationship between only two partners. That was my thought.

I didn’t attempt to say that monogamy is the only or best way, though I think it best for me, for many reasons, certainly not necessarily always the material ones, though! Allowinig for multiple partners surely allows the person to find the financially ‘best’ one who can provide the most ‘things’. That’s why I chose the word ‘values’ regarding what is or is not ‘lacking’ in paid-sex with multiple clients. It probably IS the love of the things, the success at it, the ‘power’ it may bring which qualifies it as ‘a different kind of love’. I would need to add that ‘love’ of a person, to me, is not-controlling and not-demanding; - unconditional. There may be instances between a prostitute that there are feelings of love-without-bonds. It would still rest on ‘values’. If a love like that is good, why let it go if it’s still valid and go on to another client? Maybe the prostitute feels some love for all her clients for themselves, not only what they can provide for her comfort. But it's not 'exclusive'.

Obviously, someone in Danielle’s position intrinsically has other ‘values’. The professional perks matter more to her than exclusivity in all the experiences and conditions shared in a more real or solid relationship with only one beloved partner. It really is a matter of values, certainly. Perhaps her trust & belief in such an exclusive relationship bringing satisfaction have been undermined by personal experience or by observation of others’ experience. Or maybe she just doesn't value that kind of love, between only two people. Maybe she doesn't even care about personal at all. Who knows?

There are always reasons for all our choices in this life. We are wise to honestly understand our own ‘reasons’, if we are to learn from them for wiser futures choices with fewer bad consequences, because all choices do have consequences ultimately - one way or the other. They’re always ultimately our own responsibility. It’s impossible for anyone to accurately judge another’s choices. All we can say is that their choices would or wouldn’t be our own, based upon our own reasons.

I call it “giving benefit of the doubt” to others for their choices. I’m aware that there are those who think there is ‘no doubt’ but that some choices are simply ‘wrong’. Not being omniscient, though, I can’t assert that, except in cases in which others’ lives are deliberately taken by someone, which, of course, has its own ‘shades of meaning’. But they may believe they have ‘justifiable reasons’; when another’s life is involved, that really goes beyond their own sphere of authority. That’s my perspective, for what it’s worth, since the subject deserves to be opened by your excellent poem.

PPS - As Polly Adler says, women who marry for selfish and/or material reasons are another phase of the subject, as you mention. As she points out, they’re not even honest in ‘delivering’ the man’s money’s worth! ;-) We might need to think about reasons guys marry to get a housekeeper, child-bearer and care-giver, and so forth, as well. Any ‘using’ others for selfish purposes falls into the area of motive-question and impacting others’ lives in the process. No one can claim total innocence in this or any area of human interaction. Hence, judge-not is a wise policy. :-)

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on October 25, 2013:

I’m glad you didn’t mind the little edit. Yes, it’s helpful to have editing from ‘new eyes’. We can edit and edit our own work and still miss the same errors. We may eventually find those ourselves after we publish, but however it happens, it’s better to know than not!

Exclusivity has the same meaning as ‘exclusiveness’, but it seems a bit more actively exclusive to me. ;-)


exclusiveness. noun.

exclusivity. (eksklooˈsivite ) noun.

ORIGIN late 15th cent. (as a noun denoting something that excludes or causes exclusion): from medieval Latin exclusivus, from Latin excludere ‘shut out’ (see exclude) .


I usually let my poetry ‘write itself’ unless I have a subject in mind. I don’t think the results are ever as good when ‘trying’ to write about something.

This is a good poem. No reason to not generously write about that profession, I’m sure, though may not be the advise to furnish to young folks by career counselors.

But we've had "Pretty Woman" and we all loved it!

I once took a secretarial summer-school course. After classes, leaving in the elevator from the classroom, another gal in the class told me she’d always wanted to be a prostitute. haha - Maybe the thought of taking dictation, typing and accounting as a career really turned her off! ;-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 25, 2013:

I just watched a program called 'Call Girls- The Truth' on SBS TV. It was about high-end escorts, similar to Danielle in my poem. They can actually be hired for a week for as much as $9500, so you can see why some are attracted to the profession. The program actually says the escort industry is booming in Britain and record numbers of women are actively choosing to become escorts. The woman in my main photo was actually featured in the program and is married with four children, but also an escort.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 25, 2013:

Very generous comments Jo, thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed my style of poetry.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on October 25, 2013:

This is exceptional!!

A wonderful piece of poetry, and although I must say, I don't envy the lady one bit, I like your style. :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 24, 2013:

Thanks for visiting Nellieanna and your kind comments. Yes the 'pours' misspelling escaped my spell I appreciate other hubbers helping me find editing mistakes as it improves the finished product. I often do the same for others. You're right that the majority of call girls/sex workers don't reach this level of exclusivity(is that a word?) so it isn't a general view of the profession. Just my way of showing that like any other job, it is possible for some people to succeed and make it a successful career. Danielle may have been from a wealthy family or have influential connections to start with and could afford to set herself up luxuriously and above having to rely on pimps and the unsavory baggage they bring. Police protection may show that some of her clients are in the force and turn a blind eye. Maybe the 'love' here is of her success and almost a power thing, but that's open to interpretation. Sometimes I start a poem without even knowing where it's leading. This one was like that, subject unplanned, just where I was lead.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on October 24, 2013:

Your writing talent really shines in this one, John. It lilts along so musically, it almost suggest lyrics.

You do make Danielle’s choice of profession seem quite luxurious and glamourous, though desirability of it for most women would't be too high. Even with all that she has, according to this account, there are major values badly lacking. One that comes to mind: exclusivity. I honestly have doubts that it's a kind of "love".

But how many of her profession enjoy that kind of lifestyle? Not the least items probably typically lacking: how many prostitutes really have police protection?

Just thinking about it, it would seem like a profession in which ‘starting at the bottom’ seldom leads to the top as Danielle has, if for no other reason than the ‘bottom’ surely takes such a toll on a woman, she may be ‘lucky’ to stay in it without discovering that a sub-bottom is her lot.

Perhaps Danielle had a fairy god?mother who set her on her path at the top!

Oh, just a wee note. In the stanza beginning, “Her nom-de-plume. . . “ the third line has a missing letter in its word “pours”. Looks like one of those pesky word-check high-handed interference. ;-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 24, 2013:

Aw, thank you Nell, So glad you enjoyed the poem and agree with its sentiments. Thanks for the vote up too.

Nell Rose from England on October 24, 2013:

This was an amazing poem, and I totally agree with her! lol! seriously they say the oldest occupation is always dangerous dirty and only the low will do it, but of course there are high class girls who love doing what they do and won't ever change, and good luck to them I say! voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 24, 2013:

Thanks Wayne. I agree totally. They are easy targets and I think because of their work and low moral standing in the community they were easy pray for serial killers and the like. It is just a way of surviving and paying the bills like any other job, they are providing a service for which there will always be a demand so deserve our respect.

I love this quote by Steve Martin: Steve Martin

“I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.”

― Steve Martin

Wayne Barrett from Clearwater Florida on October 24, 2013:

Very interesting subject and well written. They call it the oldest occupation in the world. And regardless of anyone's feelings toward them, I agree that they deserve justice as much as any. There is a reason why they have been notoriously the prey to many serial killers. They are the invisible victims.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 24, 2013:

Thanks FlourishAway. You are right, Danielle better be saving like mad while the money's rolling in, or investing wisely. If my poem even came close to making anyone - almost- envious of her career choice, it was a success.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 24, 2013:

Poor Danielle. I hope she has a good 401K plan because this career can't last her forever. And the health benefits have to be pretty poor as well. Aside from that, your poem itself was very well crafted and might make one feel almost -- ALMOST -- envious of their career choice. Awesome job!

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