- Vol. 05
- Chapter 01
Trying it on
The late owner (Australian, it seems) Wore it only once, out on the town. One detects, from that occasion, receipts In pockets, mashed down as if in rage: A pint of Worthington; a G&T. The suit was new. Today I pick it up By cash-strapped chance, and so we meet,
Across a certain gap of years. One of us an imitator, in the Market for a bargain, for fresh ideas Keyed to his lowly station – the other gone But not all gone. I try his life on, here In the shop (“DEAD PEOPLES STUFF FOR SALE”). I wonder how it complements my ghost of a beard.
Or does it show me up? Does it belong Back on the rack of sad donations – The pinstriped relics (two- or three-piece ones), The leather jackets (fake) and denims (real)? Or maybe I myself, with shopping done, Am soon to glimpse myself in a Soho glass? A penny-pinching poser thrust among
His fellow posers, waiting at a bar, Our cheap smiles wearing terribly thin ... I’m no Antipodean, no. But aren’t These threads, abandoned, pretty much as new? Reckoning thus, I make my choice. How smart Of me to smarten up my act! I’ll pay; And you’ll see. I can change. It’s not so very hard.