Prompt–Sunday, February 5, 2012

Take the color red. Sven Tito Achen’s book “Symbols Around Us” says red can represent beautiful, popular, blood, life, emotion, passion, warmth, heat, fire, bloodshed, bravery, sacrifice, danger, love, war, battle, revolution, socialism, and communism. “In the Roman Catholic Church especially red also stands for the blood of the martyrs. Since 1245 it has been the distinctive color of cardinals. This last fact led Victor Hugo to call the lobster ‘the cardinal of the sea,’ to which a witty Norwegian retorted that it would have an apt simile if cardinals first turned red in purgatory”‘ (Achen 30).


Red legs tread water
in retirement.
Closer to sun.

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