The Red Room

Home was sterile,
stark tones of black
and white.

She prefers the Red Room
when they dine out

White dishes, cabinets,
counters, appliances,

Mahogany walls that glow
as light bleeds through
crimson lamp shades

walls, upholstery, curtains, shirts.
Black for the tables, counters,
jackets, pants and dresses.

Scarlett flowers decorate the table,
she drinks burgundy with dinner,
port with dessert

He is an austere man of plain
taste and simple demands;
she gives him a monochrome home.

When they dine out,
he takes her to the red room.

A late entry for The Mag 


Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

12 responses to “The Red Room

  1. Love this…she must live in monochrome but he appeases her by letting her dine in red. Lovely work!

  2. Very nice. I found the warm glow of all those lamps and goblets the most compelling part of the painting and you’ve captured a lot of that here. Makes me wish for some port! (Any port in a storm!) k.

  3. Intriguing contrasts in this poem.

  4. Sounds like a deal to me!


  5. Interesting take on the prompt…

  6. I like the seductive quality to the poem. Well done.

  7. Nicely done. I like the italics and the ordinary text, like two poems in one 🙂

  8. love the colourful descriptions here… especially as contrasted against the ‘monochrome home’ she’s resigned to living in

  9. I like the way you contrasted the home with dining out…and the way they make the relationship work…

  10. Well she deserves it, putting up with the austerity the rest of the time.

  11. Helen

    And, red is such a complimentary color, especially in the soft lamplight.

  12. Karen S.

    Of course he does! Perhaps the evening may end well for him!

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