"White Days" by Priscilla Becker was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on February 6, 2014. A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:
Priscilla Becker teaches poetry at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University. Her poems have been published in many prestigious journals, and she has three published poetry collections to her name. Additional information about Becker may be found here: http://priscillabecker.wordpress.com.
Herman Melville believed that there was a special horror associated with whiteness--hence his choice of color for his demon whale. Becker captures some of this feeling in her poem, but also embraces the feeling as something that reminds one that one is alive.