Monday, October 17, 2011

Sarah E. White- A Poem

Coats of Paint

Thick coats of paint, white paint
Can make anything look clean
Slathering it on
Cleaning it up to a shiny new beginning
Globing it into the holes and crevices
Letting it seep down in
Filling in the darkness
Making it all so fresh and new
Starting again
A brand new layer of layering is done
The thickening of your skin
The sound it makes as you slop it around
Is a sound of music
So fulfilling
Conducting this symphony
Covering up what’s dirty
Covering the dust with utmost perfection
Sealing in its secrets
History is now another level deeper
Stroke after heavy stroke
As you lay them smoothly down
Coats of paint
How many of these have you worn?
Painting until your hands ache
Can’t stop until it’s done
Starting again
Another coat of paint
On an already thick old skin

Bio for Sarah E. White
My first published work was in 1994. I’m influenced by the works of Anne Sexton, Zora Neale Hurston, Shel Silverstein and Ogden Nash. My previous work can be found in The Devil’s Advocate, The Camel Saloon, The Fringe Magazine,The Rainbow Rose, Books On Blog and Going Dark.

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