originally published in Feminine Collective

Blue paisley when she feels humble
Green polka dots when the beauty parlor is closed
Stars and stripes for the Fourth
Red and green for Yuletide
Magenta for seducing the department chair
Navy blue for telling my father it never happened
Pink and yellow for the parent-teacher conference
Beige to visit the dentist
Black and white for cocktails
Orange and green for coming in under par…