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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

From: Cream City Review
Volume 37, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2013-2014
pp. 11-12 | 10.1353/ccr.2013.0057

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While you are out of town   in Italy
for the wedding,

I am going to paint all the walls of the new house white.

I begin by standing in the western-facing front door

                                              as the sun sets
and envisioning everything awash in white. The house
                                              my ship, ship-shaped,
in clean virginal light.
Looking                                 steering
east,                                       toward the Atlantic ocean
I can see the backyard.

And there they are: the robins of late winter.
I know                                   I know by the color,

they followed me here, of course with the full sun
                                              behind me, wind
                                              in the corridor, and
                                              after all this time
                                              and in the wrong season

they followed me here.
I close my eyes,                   they move.


The air flows with yellow through
all the windows of the new house.   Smells yellow, tastes
                                                          yellow, lo
                                                          the uniforming splendor
                                                          of a paintbrush and a gallon of white.
I paint a mosquito white.     There are no more robins,
                                                          just colored sunset light.

Every day is sunset.                           I wrap myself in a white comforter,
I parade around the house                 the one my mother bought
                                                          when my father left, then died.

                                                          You know,
with my ankles all rainbow.             I know you know.

I am painting everything white because I want
every thing                                           to be your bride.

Lauren Clark  

Lauren Clark is a noted Beyoncé enthusiast and MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PANK, Ninth Letter, and Redivider, among other journals.

Copyright © 2013 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
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Lauren Clark. "Meanwhile Back at the Ranch." Cream City Review 37.2 (2013): 11-12. Project MUSE. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Clark, L.(2013). Meanwhile Back at the Ranch. Cream City Review 37(2), 11-12. Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Retrieved January 20, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Lauren Clark. "Meanwhile Back at the Ranch." Cream City Review 37, no. 2 (2013): 11-12. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 20, 2014).
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