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

Harry Reid

Harry Reid is a poet based in Melbourne. They are a co-director of Sick Leave, and the author of the best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend (Puncher & Wattmann, 2021).

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