Scarlet and Crimson and Ravishing Rose


Breath-taking surge of rich and bright

Red on my windowsill catches the light

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Wondrous show of Nature’s art

Red on my patio catches my heart


Dapper fellow knows it’s true

A dash of red can work for you


Red can cheer the chilliest scene

With red on a tree, who needs green?

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Festive red my sons did wear

What handsome lads! What savoir-faire!


Lads grew up, and who could have known?

One has a red-wearing child of his own


A rousing color, glowing so true

One grandbaby, and now there are two


As for cars, I was happy with gray

But then I saw Ruby, and hey hey hey!


Scarlet and crimson and ravishing rose

And one more thought before I close:


When days are long and hope has fled

Try a sparkle of sprightly red!


Author: Phoebe Dishman

Phoebe H. Dishman was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. An essayist and poet, she teaches adult Sunday school, compiles a monthly prayer calendar, edits the Big Thicket Association quarterly bulletin, and keeps a keen eye and ear open for birds.

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