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the red

Updated on June 19, 2013

everything was real


that's how it used to be


when we would dance without thinking

joke without winking

and kiss

without touching


everything was alive

blooming with color

it was all moving forward

and we swam with the screams

you were the red


the red in everything


you were the red in my rose

and your thorns

they cut

and they kissed

it was all magical

where we created another world

made a ship and found

our hearts as sunken treasure


the breeze tapped our shoulders

the living never said good night

everything was the perfect day

every day


until one day


the flowers lost their scent

and the soft petals of your fingertips

became scratches in my back

scratches in my voice

until the insides of my heart

have become dry

crumbly and brittle

where weeping and bruising

give way to violent breathing

a rainforest destroyed by your softly killing


everything is wilted

dead

it's all standing still

the air has no touch

the smells are artificial

and no flavor can quench


this place

is empty of red

the blooms have become dry

the songs have all died

the smoke is black

the ashes are white

the sun flew away with your love

it's all twilight

there is no dusk or dawn
it's everything

alone


nothing is real

when the color red

flies away into the sun

and all you are left holding

is a paper rose

burning

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    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      dghbrh... thank you for your time and your kind words... I appreciate it when anyone reads something I've written... and your comment makes it all worth it ! thanks so much, hope to be reading You soon :)

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Debbie, thank you so very much... honored my friend, I so appreciate you feeling the ink... and for sharing... you made my day :)

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Deborah, thank you so very much... honored my friend, I so appreciate you feeling the ink... and for sharing... you made my day :)

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      deergha 

      5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Ohhhh such a painful journey of love...from fresh red in roses to a dry flower. The emotion is spread in every word here. Quite touchy a poem so far! Keep up the good work. Votes up and sharing across.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Your poetry is magical.. wow.. i am in love with your poetry... I will share this with the world.

      Debbie

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      thanks again epigramman... not sure if my comments are posting right as they keep disappearing.. :(

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      epigramman... Love it! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment... gives me a big smile :) and thanks again for welcoming me to the hubpages community.., really apreciate your time and support ! I hope you are well and staying warm

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      thank you blaise... your words mean alot to me... and i so appreciate you reading my ink... honored my friend

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      epigramman... Love it! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment... gives me a big smile :) and thanks again for welcoming me to the hubpages community.., really apreciate your time and support ! I hope you are well and staying warm

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      Fehl Dungo 

      5 years ago from close to you...

      Thank you Colin. I will :)

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      I love using my time here and my legacy too , lol, in letting loose , creatively speaking, and also promoting other writers/artists/poets and hopefully that will be my hub epitaph - so please check out another fairly new hubber - S MONAGHAN119 - I have sent him your way too.

      lake erie time 4:27am and party time with Jeff Beck and Imelda May

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      Me agree with the rather lovely and talented BLAISE 25.

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      Fehl Dungo 

      5 years ago from close to you...

      I am enjoying and loving your poetry light, fluffy or not. There are only few men who could write and express their emotions like you do. The ink is so alive. As I always say, your words are very effective and powerful. Kudos :)

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      .....well great minds think alike Sir Eric because I just wrote 'a red one' too - lol.

      Well I absolutely adore this piece and it would even make Edgar Allan Poe blush with all of the brooding, despair, poetic gloom and poetic doom - but ya gotta love a man who sticks to his bloody guns and just damn well writes what he pleases - and when it's as brilliant as this - I just say - full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes ...

      Sending you warm wishes on a damn cold night - lake erie time 9:35pm

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      thank you blaise.... Love the comment, appreciate that very much... alot of my writings tend to be more emotional than anything... so Thank You again for Feeling the ink... wish I could post something more light and fluffy... but you know how it goes :) sometimes the writers hand tends to keep dipping into the same color ink

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      Fehl Dungo 

      5 years ago from close to you...

      You always break my heart every time I read you. LOL

      So powerful and so red... :)

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Hey Mhatter :) thank you! so good to see you again :) appreciate you stopping by and taking the time... and for feeling the ink

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      dallaswriter... thanks so very much... i think you're exactly write when it comes to love loss... it can take everything away... appreciate your time and words my friend, Peace

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Bravo! real well put together expression. Thank you

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      dallaswriter 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh, this is such a painful read! I hope this isn't something you personally experienced. However, love and losing love remind us of how real we are... how vulnerable we are...how easily hurt we are. Well written and so very real...voted up and beautiful

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