As an adjective, a dictionary defines it: deep purplish-red or sanguinary. And then a check on the word “sanguinary” shows this definition: full of or characterized by bloodshed; bloody – ready or eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty. Yikes! So, I guess if I wrote a sonnet about a tree dressed in a crimson coat of leaves, I’d be a bloodthirsty poet with some sort of deep purplish-red fixation.
Well, we can’t have that, now can we.
We most certainly can have that.
Because I wrote a sonnet about a crimson coat.
Oh sure. Sonnets are all the rage now. Haven’t you heard? No? Well, you should get your eyes off Facadebook once in a while and get out into the real world. The world where sonnets practically grow on trees.
OK, not really. I kid. I’m kidding. I’m a kidder. You should know that by now.
I recently saw a beautiful picture (check the view inside my glasses), on another social media channel besides Facadebook (yes, they exist). And as I’m wont (that’s not a typo, the apostrophe left out makes it a whole ‘nother word) to do, I wrote a poem. But not just any poem. A sonnet, which, as I’m sure you’re well aware, is 3 quatrains followed by a couplet.
And I’m about to share it with you. It’s a short story, within a note, within a pocket, within an idea that came to me when I saw the photograph. If you hate sonnets, you’ve probably already moved on. But if not, save yourself some time and skip my bloodthirsty excursion into this poetic madness I call…
Crimson Coat Sonnet
She stood alone by frozen water,
Protected by that crimson coat
Her lover bought her on her birthday
And, in the pocket, left this note:
“In winters chill, when you are still warm,
Remember me. I’ll be with you
As close as spirits ever can be,
As close as vision is to view.”
With smiling lips and tear-filled eyes
She conjured up his fading face
Just as she’s done for twenty years now,
When she returns to, this, their place.
But now she’s just this poem I wrote.
A tree now wears her crimson coat.
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