Treasure Island

Theresa Minu Dominic

(07.03.1991 / Wynad, Kerala)

What Colour Does Love Paint In?


Red, said zara.
Red of lips that've just been kissed.
The red of unmade cheeks
Where passion and restrain wage wars unseen.

But, then I saw her lying dead,
Her love unreturned,
Her passion unperturbed.

I looked for the red on her unkissed lips.
I looked for the red from the unseen wars.
I saw the red on her forlorn form.
The blood that wet her undone hair.

Yellow, said the Sunflower -
Yellow of a sunny summer day.
I watched her as she danced in joy-
Drinking in her lover's sight,
Fluttering coyly as he smiled.

Then, i saw him leave,
His blithe yellow, now a sober hue
Of orangish smoke and steamy blue:
The masterpiece he made to bid his bye.

Her merry petals, now a heap of brown,
The Sunflower heaved a cold, cold sigh
And laid her head on her crumpled fronds -
An ode to love that wilts with time.

Submitted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Edited: Thursday, June 07, 2012

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