Monday Poem: Sharon Lam’s ‘Please’

 

 

 

Please

 

please do not leave items in the women’s changing room

they’ll miss you 

what you keep forgetting is that 

because of social understandings regarding head lice

you are all your hairbrush has

 

please do not leave items in the women’s changing room

there are enough variables in life as there are

if you’ll be pretty 

if you’ll be rich

etcetera era

 

please do not leave items in the women’s changing room

unless of course,

you really want to

all you have are your thoughts and your actions

(apparently)

 

please do not leave items in the women’s changing room

there have been reports of theft

so please do not leave

 

©Sharon Lam

 

 

Sharon Lam was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Tokyo, Singapore, Christchurch and London before moving to Wellington to study architecture. In 2017 she was an MA student at the IIML, focusing on fiction. Along with Starling, her work has appeared in The Pantograph PunchHeadland, and The White Pube

 

 

 

 

 

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