H.D. presumes a whiteness equivalent to and inseparable from a positively masterful existence. The poet recognizes, interrogates, and struggles with this presumption only to succumb to its invincible allure each time she confronts it. H.D.'s "white" often signifies perfection, in particular, the perfection, power, and dominance of white people. Paradoxically, the poetry also intimates the unspeakable Afroasiatic heritage, including the black bodiliness, fixed in white Western civilization.