Today at Poets United, the Midweek Motif is “Colors”. How do colors affect you? What colors do you associate with seasons, foods, moods, actions? Come and find out the thoughts of others on Colors. I took my cue from Mary who earlier this week wrote about peace and what peace is not. I decided to give a new slant to the color Red. http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.com/2015/12/poets-united-midweek-motif-colors.html dVerse Open Link: http://dversepoets.com/2015/12/10/open-link-night-162/
What Color is Peace?
Peace comes in many colors – like the rainbow,
Like us humans or animals or flowers.
You may not think so, but red is a color of peace –
a tomato plucked from the bounty of a backyard garden
and handed over the short fence to the neighbor next door.
The red of holly berries nestled among dark green clusters
of leaves hidden deep in the forest, with white snow
softly falling or the cardinal perched on the branch
finding a source of food and shelter.
The red of maple leaves preparing for winter sleep
Or the red of a rose given to a beloved.
Long blondeblackbrownred braids tied at the ends
with perky red bows.
Red is the color of peace – of units of blood donated
for someone about to undergo life saving surgery
or the child with cancer
or the service or emergency person needing
The wild apples are red and they hang down far enough
a herd of deer can satisfy their hunger.
Red are the azaleas planted by my father years ago
that continue to bloom after all this time.
Strawberries from our garden were rich and red and sweet.
Red is my generations old flowering quince
blooming in a freezing snow.
The heart your child drew and the words “I Love You”
hangs with pride on your refrigerator door
photographed and posted on Facebook so everyone would know
– drawn with a bright red crayon.
Peace is what we make it and it is colored by our souls
our hearts our words and actions.
If our words do not speak of peace and hope
how can we be peace and hope to a world
sadly in need of both?
You may not think so, but red is a color of peace.