Jennifer L Granville

White - Poem by Jennifer L Granville

You strapped upon me
Giant white angel’s wings
Such loveliness, divinity,
When my own was lacking.
And in my clumsy eagerness,
I tried to embrace you
Envelop you, in their purity
But strangled myself instead.

You held out for me,
Silken sleeve of medical-white.
Sedated and unsuspecting
I slipped my hands in for you,
To be wound and locked up
In a mockery of a self-embrace.
Bound, but unsullied
In my straightjacket.

You opened the door
And showed me out,
Or showed me in
To a universe and a cell
Of shocking white.
Safety-soft walls
Of a chamber, free of color’s taint,
For this maddened woman.

I tried to hide
My shameful colors,
Sullying only myself,
Never the ideal
Of the white you wanted,
With my grubby hands.
Sad, that I am too messy
For your killer-clean-white.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 14, 2009

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