The neighborhood association sends a letter, “Per the bylaws (statute 718.112A), your glitter pink door must be repainted before the end of the month. This color does not exist in nature. Please select a natural color such as taupe or moss or red clay.” Reading it, you think to yourself, this is why all the Purple Lord tulips died and the unicorns left town. Still, you go to the hardware store and, after some consideration, purchase two gallons of a sedate pumpkin shade called “spicing things up”. Maybe some of the glitter will still shine through?
Ray Ball, Ph.D., is a writer and history professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her poems have recently appeared in Cirque, Longleaf Review, and Moonchild Magazine. She tweets @ProfessorBall