Carte Blanche

First published in True Colour (Redmond, Washington: City of Redmond, 2014).

white elephant sale—

that Christmas sweater

unsold again

telling the telemarketer

a little white lie

with bored kids

at the county museum—

a white flag under glass

sweet sixteen—

carte blanche

at the department store


the crow’s eye

ashes scattered—

no white

in the sunset