Once upon a time,
in a culture more wise than our own,
women were thought to possess the fingers of the gods.
They came to the temples in hopes
of being trained as holy goddesses of love.
The ones that were accepted were tutored by mentors
in all the romantic and sensual arts.
A bright sensual imagination combined with skill
could transport the receiver
to divine and electric places within his or her soul and body.
A magical experience.
History, history, history,
long and complicated
Until somehow receiving this experience
from a professional became a bad thing,
and the goddesses of love went underground.
And persisted in the form of mermaids and nymphs,
and the lost but not forgotten stories of Geishas and Courtesans.
Some of them still exist today.
You just have to know where to look.