Meditation on the Sherwin-Williams

                                           (from the paint chip poems)


I paint the entryway Agate, Mélange, Reclining, Mesclun,

I should paint the bathroom Nurture, Privilege, Halcyon, Tansy

I paint my bed Easy, Dancing, Offbeat, Lucky

I should paint my kitchen Kale, Reseda, Greenbelt, Envy

I paint my larder Vegan, Jasper, Springtime, Mint

I should paint my deck Connected, Kiwi, Julep, Quietude,

I paint the patio Dill, Dull, Retreat, Gecko

I should paint the shed Granita, Electric, Topiary, Courtyard

I paint the cat box Aloof, Svelte, Ricky, Haven

I should paint the man cave Huntclub, Shamrock, Secret, Celery

I paint the solarium Talipot, Frolic, Eclipse, Romaine

I should paint the guest house Pickle, Costal, Relentless, Billiard,

I should paint my study Grasshopper, Foxy, Rich, Fumes


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Merridawn Duckler is a poet, playwright from Portland, Oregon and the author of Interstate forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. Recent work in Ninth Letter, Juked, Jet Fuel Review, DMQ and Weaving the Terrain from Dos Gatos Press. She’s an editor at Narrative and at the international philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics.