White veils and a white room where the pianist played one finger notes
that hung trembling in the sterile air
while the silk boiled
and the white winds changed at every corner
little did you think that this place of blood and hard healing would be your Rai.
Later, in the house of special purpose,
the white nights and whitewash would wear you down
pare you to razor sharpness
but even that would not save you
for you had no skill in cutting
no chance in fighting back.
The white women circled and pressed a cold kiss to your forehead sealing
marking you for their own
while you sipped tea with delicate attention and let the steam caress your face
the only one that would be allowed that liberty
As the white nights rolled on and over like an army
leaving little trace on the frozen ground
except for the few fallen sparrows which no one counted
and some white tracks fading into slumps of ice
in that frightened uneven air.