Red. A Poem #Prose4T #ThePrompt

Red. A Poem #Prose4T #ThePrompt

I wasn’t really sure what sort of poem to write this week so I nipped over to see what this week’s prompt was with Sara at Mum Turned Mom and, as you can probably tell, the word was ‘Red’. This word can mean so many different things – more than I thought when I first started my poem. It can mean danger but, on the other hand, it is a colour associated with love. There are many foods of this colour as well as flowers. On top of that, there are many different shades of red. In this poem, I have tried to name as many things as possible and decided to end it with a nod to my family! 


Red is danger, a sign of warning
Red in the sunset of a new day dawning
Red is a phonebox, though now they are few
Red is our flag, along with white and with blue
Red is a poppy – lest we forget
Red is the colour of Prince’s little corvette
Red is a rose and many more flowers
Red are my eyes, when awake in small hours
Red are strawberries, tomatoes, cherries
Red are some apples, peppers, cranberries
Red are the buses in old London town
Red is the nose you will find on a clown
Red is Christmas and Santa’s big suit
Red is pain especially when it’s acute
Red can be vermilion, ruby or scarlet
Red can be associated with a tart or a harlot
Red is a traffic light when you can’t go
Red is the lovable puppet, Elmo

But, best of all,
Red is the colour of feeling
Of love and affection
When you are left reeling
From a family who care
Who support one another
Whether they be
Father, daughter or mother

Victoria Welton, 19th October 2016

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  1. October 25, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Oh, I love this! What a wonderful collection of all things red, it’s almost like a tribute to the colour 🙂 And, the last verse is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with #ThePrompt (and apologies for the incredible lateness in commenting this week, OH away on business, the days just vanish!) xx

  2. October 24, 2016 / 8:35 am

    When I saw the word for this week’s prompt I immediately thought of the different ways red has been used in songs and poems but I am so glad I decided to read your poem first because YOUR poem is just perfect and said everything and more than I ever could as well as putting it all in rhyme!! Just wonderful 🙂 Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

  3. October 21, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    I love the images and I’ve been singing Little Red Corvette in my head since I read it!

  4. October 21, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Aww lovely, and great minds clearly think alike on the Red list poem front!

  5. October 21, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Lovely poem. It’s amazing in how many different forms red is present in our lives. It’s powerful and never fading, it brings up strong emotions, never leave you indifferent..

  6. October 20, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    Beautiful, Victoria. I love the different images you paint with each line and how you juxtapose the positive and the negative connotations of the color. Bravo! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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