Red (Sandcastle 16.02)

Red asiatic lilies


Red is the color of rage, but also of love, which seems a curious juxtaposition on the surface unless, perhaps, the two are more intricately linked that we like to believe.

Red flows through our veins even though it’s blue we trace lightly across our skin with our fingertips.

Red survives the white-and-gray winter by taking refuge in the cardinal’s feathers. It lives in the spring tulips, the summer strawberries, the autumn maple leaves.

Red marks the passage of time and the demise of another day at horizon’s steadfast edge.

Red guides the honey bees and hummingbirds to sow life into the endless cycle.

Red connects us all—black and brown, white, two legs or four, skin, fur, kind, selfish, innocent, guilty. We all bleed red. If only we could see the color within that unites us as living creatures upon this earth with red blood and pumping hearts and pain receptors.

We are all red.

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I'm an award-winning fantasy author, artist, and photographer from La Porte, Indiana. My poetry, short fiction, and memoir works have been featured in various anthologies and journals since 2005, and several of my poems are available in the Indiana Poetry Archives. The first two novels in my Chronicles of Avilésor: War of the Realms series both received the Literary Titan Gold Book Award in 2020.

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