Advice for Winter

︎︎︎ Sophia Georghiou

︎ September 22, 2022

Buy a pair of knee-high leathers,
a long coat that ties around the waist.
Tighter. Be the woman in the TV show,
you know the one he said you remind him of.
When he calls after a week, sound like you’re snowed in,
voice distant so he thinks you’ve finally done something radical,
like leave the island.
You did say you could spend a year in Italy,
waitressing. Those dreams you learnt to blot,
fold neatly inside a napkin now.
Keep your head down on trains, it’s cuffing season
and there’s already a chain around your neck.
You may as well run with it.
Pub loos are dangerous places to be in.
His hard face behind you in the mirror,
over the split sink.

Sophia Georghiou
is an Italian/Greek-British poet. Her poems have featured in WONDER, the 6ress, and Poets Versus Sexual Harassment: An Anthology x UN Women. She was the winner of James Massiah’s Party Poetry Prize in 2020, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2021.