What is White?

I starting seeing an ongoing pattern in my recent photos. The color white appeared often!I love this poem from the book Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O'Neill. Here is a my collage of white.

What Is White?

White is a dove
And lily of the valley
And a puddle of milk
Spilled in an alley-
A ship’s sail
A kite’s tail
A wedding veil
Hailstones and
Halibut bones
And some people’s
The hottest and most blinding light
Is white.
And breath is white
When you blow it out on a frosty night.
White is the shining absence of all color
Then absence is white
Out of touch
Out of sight.
White is marshmallow
And vanilla ice cream
And the part you can’t remember
In a dream.
White is the sound
Of a light foot walking
White is a pair of
Whispers talking.
White is the beautiful
Broken lace
Of snowflakes falling
On your face.
You can smell white
In a country room
Toward the end of May
In the cherry bloom.

- Mary O’Neill


  1. "white is a pair of whispers talking, white is the beautiful broken lace, of snowflakes falling on your face.you can smell white in a country room toward the end of May in the cherry bloom." MAGNIFICENTLY WRITTEN. all of it, exquisitely beautiful, yet this was my favorite. so very well done.

  2. Love the collage and the poem.

  3. What a nice poem! And a beautiful collage =)

  4. I can see why you love Mary O'Neill's poetry. She sure has a way with words. Beautiful....
    and your collage is beautiful too. I'm ready for a bit of color. Winter is seeming pretty long at the moment.


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