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