"Corduroy" by Nick Wort


The stripes on your shirt

clash with your eyes. It looks stupid

 

and I need you to know that —

please leave me alone.

 

Your fingers, caked in grease

trail down my pant legs

 

I am concerned. About the finger situation 

—Yes, but also the way

 

your shirt buttons all the way up to the base

of your chin. It looks like you can’t breathe

 

Would you like it better that way?

Am I allowed to ask you that?