Red is the colour of lust
and trickling down her legs in testimony to her long wait

Red is the colour of anger
and caked up on the forehead of the offender

Red is the colour of frustration
and decorates his face in acne spots and soon-to-be pimples

Red is the colour of defiance
and flashing my fingernails to all those who say it only looks good on fair skin

Red is the colour of the forbidden fruit
smudged on her lips and streaked across his shirt collar

Red is the colour of disapproval
slashed all across a less than perfect examination paper like whiplashes

Red is the colour of me

4 thoughts on “An ode to red”
  1. Red is also the colour of a rose, in full bloom in the joyous spring.

    Red is also the colour of sindoor applied on a bountiful mother’s forehead.

    Red is the colour of joy, of life, of love…and defiance, anger, disapproval, frustration form just an infinitesimal of the glorious whole that is the essence of the colour.

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