Type
Poetry

Office wear made me trans

after melinda bufton

 

does melinda bufton think this much

about collared shirts?

probably not.

i imagine her at my new desk

wearing a striped dress, matching earrings –

she sends emails like culottes

very fashionably, regardless of climate.

i cross my legs maybe

hitch up my pants, it’s almost beautiful but only

before lunch.

aspirationally, pinafores feature heavily –

more immediately, a white blouse

worn with high-cut black denim

‘like the horses album cover meets

that clip of japan on top of the pops’

but the girl in myer doesn’t get it

and hands me a gingham shirt she assures me

is ‘fun’.

cool, i’m out.

 

 
Image: Magnus Franklin / flickr

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Harry Reid is a poet from Melbourne. They co-host sick leave, a monthly reading series at the Gasometer Hotel, and their work can be found in Cordite Poetry Review, The Lifted Brow, Overland and elsewhere.

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