WE ONLY WEEP IN DREAMS
a revealing, but compassionate, look at the world of prostitution
A prostitute lives on the periphery of life. This book reveals the loneliness, the loss and the alienation of a life lived on the outer bounds
of society. Having once been a little girl with all her hopes and dreams, how did she wind up on the streets? How
does she deal with the guilt? Is the guilt the result or cause of her aimless drifting life?
She, like anyone else desires the normal sages of life - falling in love, marriage, home and
family. How does she cope with the losses? Can she ever recover her innocence? What does she do
with the longing to belong?
We Only Weep in Dreams examines how she deals with the community at large, the
ceaseless condemnation and self-righteousness. And then
there is the ever present need to be beautiful. Yet on the periphery of life they have their own broken connections;
they comfort the lonely.
Through the perspectives of Mary Magdalene, the Geisha, inhabitant of Yoshiwara, and others, these
and other aspects of their lives are examined.
"There are some that shun me
when it's light who come and look for me at night; they find me on this lamplit street and then, like
children, they hold me tight."
If We Only Weep in Dreams is sometimes a painful book, this is because it
deals with the darker side of things. It is an honest and revealing book, revealing what is ordinarily
hidden. Emotions not ordinarily expressed are here expressed; dark dreams are brought to light;
voice is given to the voiceless.
"O why should my Lord Jesus suffer so? if all this agony could cast its
spell and lighten this world's dark citadel, then such as I'd have saved it long ago."
Women are often given flowers. There are flowers for love and flowers
for commemoration. There are flowers for Valentine's Day. But the reality is that for a prostitute there’s no
Valentine's Day and there’s no flower for guilt.
"I've broken every
law of love, those laws we've often spoken of; forgive me father for I have sinned."