Dr. Irvine

I had a job in a Sydney shoe shop

with Irvine Welsh in 95

he was a small 23yo Scottish woman

I was a noodle goth, 18

Trainspotting had just come out at the cinema

my friends did heroin

got arrested stealing mobile phones from cars

while I

did time in the storeroom

avoiding customers

Irvine and I took bellydancing lessons

drank Irn Bru in a Glebe café and

dossed in Bondi Junction

with the latest blue-bottled wine

it was before Facebook so

he will never find me now


Photo: John Broks on Unsplash

Slipper’d dreams

If you dream of a ballet slipper

hanging above the door like a horseshoe

then you’ll always walk alone

Tying a ballet shoe’s ribbons around the ankle


you’ve taken on too many commitments

Red shoes that threaten to dance you to death

can suggest either passionate love

or a lack of original thought

The day 14 prompt was to write entries for an imaginary dream dictionary. Pick one (or more) of the following words, and write about what it means to dream of these things: (I chose “ballet slipper”). I have a few more to catch up on but this appealed to me.

Pic: Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes via