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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Red (10/01/09)

TITLE: Scarlet Surrounds
By Joy Perrino
10/08/09


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Scarlet. The color of sex and sin. Anger, passion, blood-red vampire fangs and four-inch finger nails. But, the color of love, too. Valentineís hearts and cupid, thick bouquets of roses, cherry filled chocolates and Christmas stockings.

Red unites. No matter the color of our skin, the shape of our bodies, the thoughts in our heads, the language of our tongues, we all share a highly complex system designed to move red liquid around our bodies. It is the one color that accompanies us into the world and fades as we leave it.

Red, it turns out is everywhere: in the red, a red letter day, seeing red, red-faced, caught red-handed, red herring, cutting through red tape, walking the red carpet, Little Red Riding Hood, painting the town red.

Scarlet, crimson, garnet, rouge, carmine, ruby, cherry. It bonds mother to child while they are still one. Nourishment, breath, peace or stress, all joined by the pulsing, pounding red blood flowing along a satin cord. Red is the color of happiness, of romance, of rage. And itís the color of sacrifice. A motherís for her unborn child. Our Fatherís for his son. Red drops of love trickled on hard packed dirt streets. From sharp points of vine pressed into a delicate face. Red is sacrifice and love, and the idea that we are all made for something more than this black and white world.


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Jan Ackerson 10/08/09
Nice...almost like a brainstorm or a stream of consciousness on "red".
c clemons10/09/09
Needs something more and the word count would have allowed that. Writing skills are here.
Allen Stark10/11/09
In this short piece I see the potential for greater things.