My Own Sugar Daddy, My Own Pimp

Some sex workers
Are independent, self-employed
Negotiating the game
With the forgotten, or unenjoyed

Wide lens teaches
Wisdom settles into bed
“Every partnership has its jail”
Beneath the sheets, this soul does not shed

It wins them no money
Instead a kind of sustenance
Sugar-coated power, control
An energy here, in abundance

Emotional currency
Not traded on the exchange
It is meant for the street
To use later, when in close range.



Photo by Jake Davies on Unsplash





Hokis is an American poet of Armenian descent. She is Founder and Senior Editor of Headline Poetry & Press and a regular contributor to Reclamation Magazine. Hokis is widely published digitally and in print. Her poetic memoir "OnBecoming: Aesthetic Evolution of This Rising Ancestor" is available on Amazon or through your indie bookstore. For more, visit

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