Opening the Paint Can

March 25, 2011
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A plain white expanse of wall

stands afraid.
Afraid of any blemish,

any crack,

any mark on his so-called beautiful surface.

Mr. Clean is the wall’s trusty friend,
erasing any evidence of imperfection.
He rejects any color or design,
determined on keeping a monotone personality.

The reflection of the unadventurous man:
denying any chance to change his life into a story,
avoiding bold, daring situations,
sticking to his routine:

smooth combed hair,

fresh clean shave,

crisp, uncreased suit.

These people stand as the white walls,
in our homes,
in our lives.
It’s time to crack open the paint can.

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