To wear a white shirt is to
Say to the Day,
You will Go Accordingly: No spills.
It is to be a woman who is careful of
coffee and sins and crumbs.
It is to be Jackie O with her chin on
her clean, clean hand.
A bride blushing with secrets.
A baby who does not yet know
coffee or its name.
It is to be a man on his way to work,
To merge and purchase things,
Careful of ketchup and ink.
It is to be light and untethered,
paper and snow.
It is to be the person you
Are meant to be but
Can’t. Unbroken, stainless, bright.