Red Is Just A Color – Fiction

Time again for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.  Thanks to PJ for hosting this weekly challenge.  please follow little froggy for more stories.

Here is the photo and my story…

Red Is Just A Color

red lightMyrna had read an article about a local poetry reading set for that evening. Poetry wasn’t exactly her thing, but a poetry reading seemed better than spending another night alone.

She dressed appropriately bohemian and headed for the cafe. At least she’d get a coffee and pastry out of the evening.

A delicate figure stepped up to the microphone. Her features were soft. Almost perfect.  “Let me leave you with this one last poem,” the poet said at the end of her reading.    She was soft-spoken and seemed shy.

The Colors of Red

Red is the color
of love
and life
and death’s blood.
the color of light
shining through
a paper lantern
upon which
black lettering
speaks the unknown.
burns like fire
upon a world

Myrna felt her breath catch. Then she went home, had a brandy, turned down her bed, and slept fretfully.


This week’s photo prompt is provided by TJ Paris.

14 thoughts on “Red Is Just A Color – Fiction

  1. I really like the way you show the different ways in which red can be interpreted. Red can mean so many different things – from fire and danger, the blood of life (or death) itself, to the rays of the rising, or setting sun. Not to mention the fiery passion of love. Your lovely poem illustrated this, as did your very appropriate title.

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      • Hi Ellespeth. I’ve been a bit of a stranger to my blog until these last few weeks, and I’ve really missed the flash fiction challenges. I hope you’re keeping well, and your weather isn’t too hot for you! We had our own little heatwave last week, but now we seem to be back to the usual mixed bag we get most summers. 😦
        Yes, I liked your poem and story very much. 🙂


    • Thank you, Graham. I think it would be beautiful to have a room illuminated with teeny lights under red paper lanterns. Something about that image was comforting to me but…not to Myrna 😦

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    • Red is such a sensuous and earthy color. Story had to be below R rated though 😛
      I’m glad you enjoyed this mixture of fiction and poetry. I’m fooling around with this style these days.

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