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My white curtain

19 December 2013, 13:00

 my room has a white curtain

made of voile, with an under layer of more voile

and today because my heart is heavy i stare at it

and imagine the possibilities.

so many colours i could dye it.

so many ways in which i could hang it

so many overtops to use

or just a bamboo blind underneath it

but it is white.

pure white.

and white tells no lies, hides no secrets

white covers no imperfections

white highlights all the wrong

and i want to add that it is next to a white closet.

inside it is all manners of jungle.

folded jungle, and thrown carelessly jungle

clean jungle, and denim jungle

and i could never put the jungle next to my white curtain

unless enclosed within the white closet.

white creates an illusion

of cleanliness and purity

and we chose it thus because we do not think

that white has also a density

thick enough to mask jungle.

my white curtain full of possibilities

but hampered by it's whiteness.

now if all things were white

including my skin and my teeth

and people's hearts and our bed linen

we would not need the closet next to the white curtain

with it's thick, dense closet doors.

we would just leave everything as. after all, there would be no imperfection. right?

beyond my white curtain is the balcony

burglar proofed from the street and eyes outside.

and because of the white voile under layer below

my white curtain is dense

so if i walk unclothed in the room,

even though my skin is dark as a looming night

eyes outside cannot tell, if it's imperfection

because of my white curtain and it's possibilities

my room looks bigger for my white curtain, for it

interferes not with the symmetry of the walls

it's an extension of wall against white wall

oh, the endless possibilities.

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