Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

[Red] This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Red, I don't like the color red
the color of blood –
of relief and release and regret
and broken promises.
The color of cherries, pomegranates
temptation, alluring –
[you can't leave once you've tasted
the forbidden.]
Bright cheap candy,
chemicals disguised
as cherries or apples
[they still taste
of chemicals] –
nostalgic poison.
Clichéd passion,
lips spilling sentiments
[overused and worn into
blank words without meaning],
manufactured scarlet in the darkness.
Roses, fading
bitter and rotting;
[they still smell
of childhood.]
Red, like rusting razor blades,
unused for a while
[but waiting, luring]
gambling, taking
cheap synthetic opiates
promising red.
Red like a heart
torn violently from its bone prison;
[would it make you immortal?]
[you've devoured the rest of me,
and smile, mouth stained red.]

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





Join the Discussion


This article has 4 comments. Post your own!

Chloelia said...
Nov. 25 at 4:49 pm:
Beautiful and creative!  The imagery is so evocative, and the words you used feel lovely, unusual, and carefully chosen yet not stilted or pretentious. Poems about colors have (obviously) been done a great deal before, but I found this one refreshing and thoughtful. I'd love to see another like this-- keep up the great work!
 
LadyGrey replied...
Nov. 25 at 6:15 pm :
You're very kind! And your eloquence puts my "poetry" to shame. 
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
claryThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Nov. 19 at 1:23 pm:
I like it the use of red is intresting
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
jennag4 said...
Nov. 18 at 4:56 pm:
i really like this the allusions are great  
 
Reply to this comment Post a new comment
 
Site Feedback