Folktober Challene, Day 11

Inspired by 3.11, Lady in Red

Another Lesson for Wayward Women

A figure in the window,
on a staircase, or a stage,

in your hotel room, she drifts past
the bed, dressed in a gown of red,

the color of passion, of anger,
of sex, love, blood,

the color of birth and death,
and she, sex worker, or simply

not a nun, or a saint,
murdered after partying, or by a jealous lover—
or his wife—

wanders, not seeking vengeance,
a temptress trapped between worlds,
lost in time.

Paul Brookes is hosting a month-long ekphrastic challenge using folklore images to celebrate the launch of his new poetry collection, “As Folktaleteller.” You can see the images here and also read the other responses.

26 thoughts on “Folktober Challene, Day 11

  1. I almost used this one, but I can’t get the song (Chris de Burgh, Lady in red) out of my head.
    They always have to be dressed in red, don’t they? The scarlet letter. You said it all, a woman is always suspect, and there’s always someone ready to point the finger.

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