Red Line – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Seeing Red

Sarah at dVerse has invited us to write a poem about the colour red.



“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you will never change the outcome.”  Michael Jordan

Red Line

She wasn’t sure why
red had always unsettled her
in ways she couldn’t quite speak,
though she knew an answer
lurked deep within,
she put the book down
and occupied the window,
distracted, sighing,
trying to locate her feelings
which the red line had evoked,
a teacherly line,
forbidding, shaming,
a smallness crept in,
she felt it in her skin,
exposed to the world again.
A bird lighted on the sill,
now engrossed,
she left red
for another day.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, psychology, quote, self-development

30 responses to “Red Line – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. She can let that red sliiiide right off the page… 😌

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  2. There’s something disconcerting here, a secret not told, a memory not surfacing. Nice response to the prompt. I’d forgotten about the teacher’s red pen.

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    • Ha, I was so naughty in school, I just ignored the red pen, but others I know carry deep wounds. Tender years schooling. Thank you so much for your comments Sarah.


  3. There is a sense of “forbidding, shaming” in red.

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  4. Sometimes our smallness isn’t the biggest thing. Good thoughts.

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  5. Too much red ink can hurt tender psyches!

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  6. I hope one day day realize her strength and overcome.

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  7. there you go again, writing about the human condtion. “saves red for another day”. Sometimes there is neither the space nor the resources to deal with those nigglings. Well done.

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  8. Mmmm! I wonder…
    Red. Best left to the imagination. I like that😊


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  9. That teacherly red line jumped out at me. I have never, ever, used a red pen on a student’s paper.

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  10. lync56

    I related to the pondering feelings evoked


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