the color red

like cadmium,
rubies, garnet
and roses

the color red
follows the beat
of construction paper hearts
sending sustenance
to our fingers and toes

the color red
tells a cautionary tale
through incandescent lights
warning us to turn back
before it's too late

the color red
proclaims power
with its presidential persona
while making friends
across the color wheel

but most importantly,
the color red
simply says
I love you