She Wears Her Red Today

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She wears her red today,
bias-cut and flouncy,
her hair let loose and wild,
a-tumbling and bouncy,
and scarlett lips,
bright fingertips.

She rides the train to town,
with chocolate bars for munching,
credit card at hand,
money spare for lunching,
meeting her friends,
for exuberant ends.

She stops to hear a busker
singing in the street,
empties coins into his hat,
and taps to his drum beat.
Her spirits are high;
she could virtually fly.

While waiting for her friends
her feet are almost dancing,
the rythmn of her heart,
her silent joy enhancing.
Life’s as it should be,
breezy, sweet and free.

The scars beneath her clothes,
clear but fading slowly,
are reminders of her days
of worry, feeling lowly.
Now that is the past;
she is free at last.

She celebrates her healing,
in food and wine and laughter,
rejoicing with her friends
for her happy ever after,
thankful to be
living and free.

Β© Copyright Ellen Carr 2016

Won 1st place in the FaithWriters Challenge, for the topic INSOUCIENT.

27 responses to this post.

  1. Love this Ellen. Congratulations.


  2. I love this!! Such a great image. πŸ™‚


  3. Reblogged this on Lucy Thompson and commented:
    As a survivor of domestic violence I really love this poem. Such great imagery of triumph, hope, moving toward a future.
    Something I try to portray with my characters. πŸ™‚


  4. Marvelous πŸ™‚


  5. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:


  6. SO…what is she doing behind a stockade? πŸ™‚


  7. Found my way here through the reblog of this post! What a beautiful poem… So glad I could meet you through Jonathan πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to more of your visit me when you have a moment!
    Cheers and have a lovely day.


  8. Posted by Keira Johnston on 20/06/2016 at 5:12 pm

    This is awesome Ellen! Congratulations on winning the competition! xo


  9. A beautiful picture that captures the heart of the post! The following passage came to mind as a read: Isaiah 55:1-2 – β€œCome, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.”


  10. I love this poem, Ellen. Such a marvelous portrayal of the saving grace of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for all of us and how His blood cleanses, heals, and gives us true freedom in life.


  11. I love the sense of joy and freedom in this ❀


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