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Below is the poem entitled Whiteness which was written by poet Joyce Johnson. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I wanted a can of white paint
To finish my dining room wall.
I'd started with left-over paint
and simply couldn't recall,
the exact white that paint was named.
White is white, I've always claimed.
But I found that isn't truly right.
White sometimes is not the same as white.

There is white, near white, off white,
creamy white, clear white, white white
and oyster white and more.
I brought home every sample of white
there was in that paint store.	

I dabbed and daubed and dappled
until I could plainly see
I had no white that was the white
I'd put on the other three.
I grew tired of that whiteness game
and threw my paint-brush down,
went back to the store for a gallon of paint
and painted that wall brown.

Copyright © Joyce Johnson

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  1. Date: 11/12/2012 10:53:00 AM
    Funny! I know the feeling. Especially when I am painting a picture and can't seem to make the color I was using.

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 5:08:00 PM
    Something my Dad never understood. I too paint it brown. Well done.

  1. Date: 10/4/2012 4:19:00 PM
    How now... I guess there's nothing like taking the brown cow by the horns... Terry (nice poem)

  1. Date: 10/2/2012 3:05:00 PM
    this is very funny and so true! there are more shades of white than any other color and they all look almost the same to me. i love the way you've described this and the ending is hilarious!

  1. Date: 10/2/2012 1:26:00 AM
    Oh this is so true, we have apple white and peach white here can you believe. I go magnolia when I can't make up my mind xx

  1. Date: 10/2/2012 1:20:00 AM
    There's always a solution to the problem. Sometimes that solution is comprimise. Good poem and very enjoyable. Thanks for the smile. Rockman

  1. Date: 10/1/2012 11:59:00 PM
    Joyce, another wonderful poem for a contest... good luck. i also want to thank you for making a stop on my blog...good night..pd