Roses Are Red


I have no time to think of you
so instead I’ll think of something else.
I know the color red. I’ll think of things that are red.
Roses? No, that’s too cliche. Apples? Too tempting.
Blood? That’s different. Yes, I’ll think of blood
and it’s healing properties or maybe I’ll contemplate
a life of crime but on second thought that’s a bit psychotic.
Perhaps, I’ll just watch TV to fill the void.
Endless reality shows. I’ll hang on to the Kardashians
drawn out whines or try to understand why
Blake is dating Gwen and not Adam. How comforting it all is.
If I wanted to write a poem on absurdity.

I remember the red rose bush in my Granny’s backyard.
How lovely it was even when the thorns pricked my thumb.
My mind back on red. It really is the most vibrant of colors.
Who doesn’t love a blood red sky? Rough love does, surely,
the dessert too. Not much green there, is there?
I think the moon finds its groove in that kind of terrain,
not impressed with leafy, easy things.
The air smells like steel tonight. I think I’ll hold on to it.
Breath it in. Exhale my thoughts. Funny how, all I think about
to not think about you turns into all I think about because of you.

-Tosha Michelle


65 thoughts on “Roses Are Red

  1. Tosha, this is genius! The analogy of red thought by many to be love. Instead you turn the meaning and definition into a whole new other level of reality and its harsh world that is set upon us all. I hope I interpret your poem here correctly, but this is what I felt strongly on your writing. πŸ™‚

    Bravo! Bravo! πŸ™‚

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  2. Funny ha ha or funny confused.
    That’s the Tasha I’ve come to know.
    The mind is a mysterious place to be.
    I know many of the dead ends, in mine.

    A wonderful read. Loved the video.

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  3. Gorgeous! πŸ˜‰ ❀
    Tosha, is that you singing in the video? I remember you mentioning being a singer, but it seems there should be more emphasis on that point.
    We already know you are an amazing poet! Maybe you could show us the process of going from poem to song. That would be a fascinating read!
    Peace, love & laughter to all,
    Sherrie Miranda's historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel β€œSecrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:


  4. Reblogged this on A Dose of Inspiration and commented:
    This is breathtaking! Awe-inspiring! The color red is one of my favorites, so vibrant and passionate and now I have even more of a thing for it! Lol ❀
    And the ending is beyond brilliant! Only a genius can come up with that one! πŸ˜€ Everything about this is beautiful. What a masterpiece.

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