No 1. Label your collar

to avoid feeling ornamental.


No 2. Don’t wipe away the blue blood,

even if it’s like a bookkeeper’s thumb.


No 3. Use cologne to hide.

Your shame emanates

like a freshly peeled orange.


(Some let their ink-nosebleeds drip

and stain. They gnaw on the rind of fruit

plucked elsewhere as detergent, or

for nutrition).

Image Credit to Jackson Palmer.