by Heide McAlister-Bates

In the heat of the summer
I wear white

White like the colour of clouds

The blue-white of glacial ice

The crisp snapping in the breeze white of bedsheets on the line

The vanilla white of ice cream

The heady white of oriental lilies

The dazzling white of Spanish stucco
in the blazing sun

I wear white in the heat
of the summer
Trompe l'oiel of my mind

As rivulets of sweat trickle
down between my breasts
Like the pearls of condensation
on an icy cold glass of lager


Author's Note: Written on the 08:37 commuter train to work this morning. It was quite warm...

Posted on 06/09/2006
Copyright © 2020 Heide McAlister-Bates

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Julie Adams on 06/13/06 at 06:05 PM

this poem is a wonderful array of white lights, twinkling in the poetics you create here...lovely images, my favs: "The dazzling white of Spanish stucco/ in the blazing sun" AND "he crisp snapping in the breeze white of bedsheets on the line"--this line makes me think of putting clothes out when I was in England...the ending is fabulous too tho, well done my friend

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 06/13/06 at 06:20 PM

Beautiful imagery Heide! White has so many associations and colors within it - never purely just white. It appears some wonderful poetry is written in moments of distraction, when a minds seeks to fill in blank spaces.

Posted by Mary Ellen Smith on 06/13/06 at 07:57 PM

I love the monochromatic theme this sets...cool and yet sizzling!

Posted by Kyle Anne Kish on 06/13/06 at 08:22 PM

I can't get over the imagery here, Heide. My many other senses get wonderful feelings also. Thank you for writing this. The heat of the summer is almost upon the area I live in. I will smile when it gets here and think of your poem. :)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/14/06 at 02:14 PM

The supposedly non color white never so colorful. Stupendous read Heide; nice to see it hit No. 1. Congrats!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/15/06 at 12:57 AM

Terrific to see this hit the Top! That last stanza is soooo fine!! Nice job!

Posted by Karl Waldbauer on 06/15/06 at 04:10 PM

I'm enjoying the very last of the morning's cool breezes before the inferno starts up and I read this poem. Now I'll have a more positive attitude and there's no question as to what color clothing I'll wear now. Thanks for an excellent read.

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 06/16/06 at 12:10 AM

Excellent - I can't add much to what's already been said - "a colorful poem about white" comes closest to my sentiment - nice senual touch with the beads of sweat, too. Congrats on POTD! d:-)

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 06/17/06 at 06:55 PM

Great imagery here; so visual! Congrats on POTD- well deserved!

Posted by Dave Fitzgerald on 06/21/06 at 09:13 PM

Fantastic... you should apply for a job with Dulux! Lol honestly an excellent write.

Posted by Dave Fitzgerald on 06/21/06 at 09:14 PM

Oh yeah.. Congrats on POTD.

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