About Red Tales

Here's an evolving electronic collection of short prose pieces, with a poem contributed occasionally. Brevity guides. Although sometimes a piece will run to 900 words, most pieces are much shorter. Here one may find erotica, flash fiction, brief observations, and modest improvisations. Another rule is that each piece must have something to do with"red"; at least the word has to appear in each piece functionally. . . . All pieces are numbered and titled, so there's a de facto table of contents running down the rail below, under "Labels" (scroll down a bit). Browse for titles that look interesting, if you like. Thank you for stopping by. Look for some red today, tonight.

"Flaming June," by Frederick Lord Leighton

"Flaming June," by Frederick Lord Leighton

Monday, November 17, 2008

46. Red Balloon

Red Balloon

The soul enters
a public realm,
so soon becomes
the fool

by feeling it must
say or do
too much, dance
with rule,

court expectation.
balloons the soul
into bright red

foolishness. The
soul abhores
but can't control
the Puffery Patrol,

relentless baiters
of the soul,
ubiquitous louts:
shame on them.

Godspeed to those
souls who can remain
intact, uninflated,
contained, looking

out of the mind's eyes,
sensing what is wise.
--Wary souls. Have
you seen them?

I have. They wait and
watch. I watch and wait
for them to illuminate
the better path.

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