In Red

Written for:  Friday Writings #48:  Red (posted by Rommy)

"Red for danger. Seeing red. Roses are red, violets are blue. Woman in Red. The Red Shoes. Red as a power colour. Red lipstick. Red nail polish. Little Red Riding Hood. Snow White, Rose Red. Red as blood. Red-blooded. Red hot. Red Hot Chili Peppers. Red sails in the sunset….

What does the colour red mean to you?

A cardinal perched regally 
on my fence
Fiery leaves of Autumn
Decadent lipsticks and nail polish
of old-time movie stars
Rolled out carpet for royalty 
to step on
Lacy lingerie to tempt, to lure
Satin bed sheets
Holiday trim
Blood of wars pooling, and seeping
into the ground

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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21 Responses to In Red

  1. VJ says:

    Red can be so many things. Poignant images.


  2. Lovely, vivid images! Ah, the rich variety of red.


  3. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES says:

    I like to image those ruby red slippers and the red carpet rolled out!


  4. dsnake1 says:

    what a vivid list of things red.


  5. Wow, that one grew heavy in a hurry!


  6. Helen says:

    Love your red list, it felt like a history, a journey … I’ve always gone straight for the red undies!!


  7. Rall says:

    I love red….but I don’t think I could do the red satin bed sheets:) Enjoyed this poem


  8. That last image of red, chilling. Shudder.


  9. Rob Kistner says:

    The darkness of your closing lines is a shudder for the soul. Sadly because the image is repeated far too often in the world today. Fine writing Sara… 🙂✌🏼❤️


  10. That last line! Good read, Sara!


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