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The Red Silk -- A Poem

Updated on October 9, 2012
Vera Lin, 2011, Remembrance [acrylic on clear perspex, card papers], Collection of the artist. Auckland, NZ.
Vera Lin, 2011, Remembrance [acrylic on clear perspex, card papers], Collection of the artist. Auckland, NZ.


The Red Silk

The red silk scarf is waving from the tree branch
where it was caught
waving in the wind like a lover's beckoning
to fly together
away

It is a door in the blackest space
painted bright red
by lovers' blood
in the sacred sacrifice of worship
to Love Itself

Must there be a reason to die?
like, must there be a reason to love?
must there be a reason for a perfect red silk
to be waving from the leafless tree branch
must there be a why?

yes, must there be a reason why she must throw herself off the cliff of the loveless tower
in the jungle of cold concret and even colder regrets?
she only wanted to fly....
she only wanted to fly....
and if to fly one must die then she did not hesitate did she

thus she flys
a perfect piece of bright red chinese silk
flys
and she is waving to me from among the leafless tree branches
as I look out of the window
she winks and she laughs and she walks tiptoed on the highest tip of the tree
she loves it so much when the wind plays with her long jet black hair
she is giggling her heart out while beckoning me to come
to fly
with her

and i shall


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    • yellowstar2000 profile image

      Candice Collins 

      8 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      Love this! I can actually hear music set to this, it'd make a great song..

    • Violet Flame profile imageAUTHOR

      Violet Flame 

      8 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Thank You K9keystrokes and singlmomat52 for your kind encouragement,

      yes it is inspired by the imaginative image of the red scarf if not the real thing; and yes I wish I could reach out and touch the illusive red silk scarf, I wish I could reach out and touch the illusive smiling girl behind the scarf....

      If only I could, tangible it would be....

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      Violet Flame 

      8 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Thank You Slania, you have somehow intuned the heart wrenching story behind this short and simple poem. I will tell the story more fully....after all it's been a long time.

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      singlmomat52 

      8 years ago

      Very eloquent and romantic!!! Inspired no doubt by a simple red scarf caught in a tree. If only we could all see a poem or a story in such a simple sight. Thank You !!

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      your words enter my heart with power and image. Oh, to reach out and touch the red silk scarf, tangible it would be...

      I am moved by the dance your words portray.

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      Slainia 

      8 years ago from Goderich Ontario

      This is lovely, but - heart wrenching in a way. I love the repetition - the first line starts off with a very solid image, then expanding on that further down with the leafless.. the language is so simple, but - elegant.

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