What a strange idea!
But let me see - red…
A primary colour, the first colour in the rainbow?
It’s there in the painted skies of dawn and sunset, the reflected light of endings and new beginnings.
There to warn, shouting “STOP” or “No Entry” or “Danger”
Catching our eye with it’s vivid loudness.
Red…the colour of pain, of blood and rashes and grazed knees.
Red means anger, exertion, embarrassment, tears.
It’s hot water gushing out the tap, and steaming tomato soup on a cold rainy day.
The colour of ripeness; of raspberries and watermelons.
The bright splash of colour in a winter landscape, telling the birds, “Here is food”, giving rise to carols and decorations around a roaring fire.
It’s a glass of wine, reflecting the couple sharing a romantic meal, or friends coming together in joy and sorrow. It’s hot and spicy on a winter’s day, or a stark reminder of sacrifice in the Eucharistic Feast.
Red, the colour of childhood memories. St George’s House in primary school…our colour was red, the colour we used to fill in the squares on that all important house point chart on the class room wall.
Red roses, red hearts, red lips, the colour of romance.
Red letters in my bible, Jesus’ words to a wounded world.
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