For soprano and piano, text by Ana Berlin (2008) – 3 minutes
World Premiere: 2008, American Opera Projects Composers and the Voice series, Caroline Worra, soprano; Jennifer Peterson,
I am the number one
whore in town!
So it’s only fitting
that Vienna’s best GYN
comes to me… and I do him for free.
But lately poor Iggy’s been preoccupied,
gone mad ’bout infection, contagion, peritonitis, and pus,
wondering why he has yet
to treat me for syphilis.
Hah! have I got a thing or two to teach you!
It’s as simple, Herr Doktor, as
soap and water!
You and your “learned” professors –
who deny by the way that we women
have sexual desires –
go straight from dissecting the dead
to birthing the young,
and then ask why
mothers are dropping like flies
from childbed fever.
Meanwhile, Herr Doktor, one basic rule
has kept us call girls
free of disease and ready to please…
and you would do well to do as we do:
wash, wash, wash,
wash between customers!
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