To blanch is to whiten, to bleach.
We blanch vegetables, nuts,
sometimes slivered, like almonds.
We bleach to disinfect.
We blanch when the president
suggests we inject said-disinfectant.
Someone says, as fast as greased lightning,
he has a good you know what up there,
meaning brain, but white matter
disease is more likely.
He says heat might help, white light
through the skin, or somehow
inside your body --
like a stroke, a blind spot --
what you might see at the end
of the proverbial tunnel --
so many are now ascending,
reaching for a silver lining,
the wan sunlight -- the whites
of their eyes rolling,
the white flag of surrender
unfolding, before they flatline,