Saying “Women of the Night” Might be alright As a description for some girls, They stream eastward Along the bank, Checking for marauders and adjusting curls.
Yet courtesans are different; They came as swiftly as they went, Called on by important men. From house and hotel they are borne, In carriages, and in finery worn, For those who have a yen.
Yet others still elude one name, Of condemnation or fame. They do not wander at men’s whims. They deliver terms to him or him. And live in dwellings finer still, Until the payer has had his fill.
But with the latter does he ever Tire of the source of pleasure?
For some the need outlasts his want, And he becomes the supplicant! Then woman’s wit becomes the master, While her body wields a whip. The sinner’s desire speeds still faster, As she the body’s scale does tip.
This was an attempt to fuse Galsworthy's view of Victorian "women of the night" versus the updated version of Irene Adler as a ******* in the BBC's "Sherlock".