A Vermillion

Vermillion, Vermillion
red robes have ascension
my depth grabs attention
I’m sacred, solemn, ancient, wise.
Vermillion, Vermillion
the devil’s disguise.

Vermillion, Vermillion
clear toxic hue,
a darkening defect,
I’m prone to the bruise.

Vermillion, Vermillion
the walls of your tomb
the flowers aflame
your cinnabarian womb

Vermillion, Vermillion
Chinese red
the color of vitality
consume me, you’re dead

Vermillion, Vermillion
a sindoor part for a married head
the southern bird, the orange-red
I coat the chapel of your mouth
Vermillion, Vermillion
the most brilliant red.

Today at d’Verse Mish poses a great challenge for us to write as a color, either confirming or defying stereotypes.

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  1. Love your grasp of vermillion here K — great color, fine wtite. FYI — I had a helluva a time getting to your site, your post at dVerse didn’t link here for me? I actually got here going through a comment you left.

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    • Thank you, kindly Rob. So sorry my link didn’t work. I posted early this morning, so maybe I added the wrong link. No more creativity before coffee. Anyways, I’m glad you made it here.


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