A man I knew who lived in Paris

Painted his apartment red.

It was, he said, the colour of the dead.

That was his special trick:

To turn a rainbow on its head.


Last week in the newspaper, I read

That his bath tub was flooded,

His waters were muddied,

His habits, like insects, were studied

Under a microscope

Through the bottom of a jar.

Magnified, he seemed enormous

From afar.


Next week he will feature:

The world's last living creature,

Painting his apartment red.

The tin will run dry

And once his scaly skin is shed,

Tears may fall where he will tread.

◄ Post-War

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 11th Dec 2021 09:28

And thank you for the like, Aviva.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 7th Dec 2021 21:24

And thanks to you, Mahira.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 7th Dec 2021 17:10

Thank you, Jordyn

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 6th Dec 2021 21:35

And thank you to Graham, Stephen, Aisha, Rudyard, Brenda and Nathcy for the likes.

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 6th Dec 2021 18:05

Thank you so much for all the comments: Holden, Greg, John B, John C, Keith and KJ. I wrote this a few years ago (most of what I post is current stuff) and after reading it recently I had a similar thought to you, K.J. But I have always been fond of it.
No connection to Alaska, I don't think, Keith, but many years ago I did know someone in Paris who was a house painter and was in the process of painting an appartment entirely in red. So I guess the poem flowed from there in my subconscious for what it's worth. As for the rest, I'm pleased that many of you found it intriguing and the microscope seems to have touched a nerve! No artificial additives, I'm afraid, John!

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kJ Walker

Mon 6th Dec 2021 17:26

Fantastic imagery.
I'm not sure what is going off, but it made for a very interesting read.

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keith jeffries

Mon 6th Dec 2021 09:36

There is a Spanish singer of Mexican origin by the name of Alaska who lives in Madrid and very popular in the Spanish speaking world. Apparently the interior of her apartment is painted in red. I wonder if there is any connection.
Thanks for this

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John Coopey

Mon 6th Dec 2021 09:14

Have you been on the magic mushrooms again, Stephen?

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John Botterill

Mon 6th Dec 2021 08:57

Fascinating. The poem, like the protagonist, needs to be studied under a microscope! Thanks Stephen.
John Botterill

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Greg Freeman

Mon 6th Dec 2021 08:08

Yes, intriguing is the word. Two others are dystopian and Kafkaesque. One to stop you in your tracks, Stephen.

Holden Moncrieff

Mon 6th Dec 2021 00:20

This is genuinely intriguing, Stephen, and the imagery very unique! I really liked the lines :
"His habits, like insects, were studied
Under a microscope
Through the bottom of a jar." ?

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