White 1600 1001 Susan Trofimow

White is a word
that suggests reflection—
sweet as frosting
or privilege or birth.
Smoke blown across
a heavy sky, a body
outlined in chalk.
White is a way
to distinguish dark.
Small lies, the color
of bone or a machine
laid on the ground—
white noise is made
to drown another sound.

Header photograph © Cory Funk.

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