This is the third poem in my colour series. The first is black and the second is the battle of black and colour

Red’s the colour

red proved the toughest contender
in the fiery battle between black and colour

he was a radical mover and shaker
a hot-blooded fighter

who waved the scarlet standard tall
for black to see and force to fall

he led all colours deep into the heated battle
memories of the long dark days

ignited their passions

which raged and flared
creating their own light

they revelled in the spilling of crimson blood
and black recoiled in horror,

the battle was won
and red rolled out the carpet for his friends

power to the petite

of every shade
advanced into the open

a revolutionary freedom
cause for celebration

let’s paint the town,


Musical accompaniment: Billy Bragg – Red Flag