Reddening Reds / Poem by Lily Swarn

 
Poem by Lily Swarn
 
 
Reddening Reds
 
It’s the warning vermillion in the centre parting
Smeared in a newly wedded bride’s gleaming hair
 
It’s the flaming fire in the stomach of hungry orphans
Looking into five star grandeur and plush vehicles from tinted glasses
 
It’s the blazing forest begging for succour
The orange inferno swallowing vanishing wildlife
 
It’s the wounded sun hoping to rise again next morn
To ignite the dark world with fresh sunshine
 
It’s the coral embroidery of maple leaves
Leaving chinar imprints on my chiffon saree
 
It’s russet autumn leaves blushing in shame
Knowing they’ll soon have to escape under the earth
 
Copyright Lily Swarn 23.9.2021

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