Red | A Poem

Red – the colour of blood

Red – the colour of love

The colour of the sky when the sun rises

The colour of the sky when the sun sets

The colour my friend’s cheeks when she laughs

The colour of my friend’s cheeks when she cries

The colour of my alta when I perform

The colour of my mother’s saree – that was also my first.

The colour of my mother’s blood, of my father’s blood

The colour of my blood that I share with them

The colour of my cheeks when I meet my first love

The colour of the flowers that I give my love

The colour of my wedding sindoor

Red – the colour of the flames that burn at my death.

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