in the store with
people grazing
my side, paint
stripes forced into my cheek,
the wall grows taller
and taller by the second.
Colors morphing
into one
giant mess
as I ultimately choose
a puke green,
imagining a pastel yellow.

I cover the crisp brown wall
in two more
new coats making
your room just
that much smaller—
pushing you farther out
of our lives.