Paint can't cover certain flaws:
settlement cracks in plaster, for example.
Though I spackled inch by inch
and sanded crossways to the faultlines
before applying, in even strokes,
the most expensive white latex,
the gaps resurfaced overnight.
Her problem was her problem: nun of nothing,
Standing beside a leaping rivulet bubblirig
Its frothy song in numberless descant
She listened till she shook with nonchalance,
Her own angel, and dapper with blue-rinsed hair.
She stood as vacant as an un [...]