In the back of the hardware on cards were
the one hundred shades: eggshell white,
white white, creamy white, ultra white,
cloud white, milky white, glory white,
marble white and even, shocking white.

I was supposed to pick just one white
shade because I had won the church raffle:
three gallons of white paint as if my world
was whipped cream from a can or glue stick
white or cockatoo feathered, as if I wasn’t

va-va-voom red, or look-me-over turquoise,
or fall-in-love-with-me fuchsia, or
come-in-through-the-window purple,
or the-gentleman-takes-a-lady pink, or
tonight-we-couldn’t-stop gold!