‘in a short skirt and tights’ is a queer poem critiquing transphobic violence.
It plays with poetic form and the concept of naming in order to dissolve distinguishable gender behaviour.

in a short skirt and tights.

____ applies lipstick with precision;
onyx, in calligraphy;
lips, puckered and pushed out,
____ looks in the mirror, sees only herself.

____‘s skirt, snug around her hips;
her tights, taut against her flesh.
Shielded. Safeguarded. They make her.

____ walks through the town
and sees the night life dying. The club,
a beacon, beckons the wolves: whistling
while they wait.

____‘s skirt, snug around her hips;
her tights, taut against her flesh.
Threat. Target. They make her.

The wolves see ____
in a short skirt and tights.
The wolves pounce
on a short skirt and tights.

The club still shines, backlighting  ____.
She walks home bare-
foot. In each trembling hand, a heel.

____ returns home and looks in the mirror.
She sees only himself
in a short skirt and tights.