friendly advice


on the morning tram

he’s reading the Fin Review

and looking big

spread across his seat

I sit across

reading poetry

and trying to be small

you know

in case somebody

wants to sit in that space

next to me

as inevitably happens

but only when

i don’t have coloured hair

that’s when everybody

keeps away

when I reach the office

I get a coffee downstairs

and the barista

is giving share advice

to his co-worker