Red

If browns, greens, and blues are nature’s colors,
then red belongs to humans.

Red is intensity on both ends of the spectrum.
It is a brand new baby
born fresh from its mother’s womb;
it is the last moments on this earth
as the body gives itself over to the next.

Red is war and violence, but it’s also
the passionate throws of lovers between the sheets.
It is screaming with anger
and crying with joy.

Red outlines the most concentrated of emotions.

Like the life-giving blood that pulsates unseen
underneath our skin,
red is there even when its hue is absent.

Red is pervasive and unyielding,
demanding to be seen for all its power and glory.
Red runs through us.

Red is the most human.