Seeing Red


My eyes see red,

but I am not angry.

My eyes see red,

but I do not tense.

My eyes see red,

and I smile with joy.

My eyes see red,

and I am happy.





(We do have a cardinal that visits our feeder, but he is usually gone by the time I get my phone to snap a picture.)




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18 responses to “Seeing Red

  1. I only see a cardinal every so often on my walks. We have tons of red winged blackbirds though

    • We have a feeder outside our dining room window. It is so nice to watch the parade of birds, and occasional squirrel, that come to eat. The cats enjoy watching them as well.

  2. Lots of robins this spring into summer are my “seeing red” and it is happy, not angry… just as your photos and poem express perfectly!

  3. jumpofffindwings

    I love the cardinals, the red that makes me happy these days—my favorite color. We get a lot of bluejays instead.They can be nasty, but I do their spirit!

  4. Great title, fun idea 🙂

  5. I love the multiple meanings of “seeing red.” That’s an idea to explore with other colors too, perhaps.

  6. Cardinals don’t live near me! But we see plenty of those finches. We’ve even had a pair of Yellow Finches hanging around in our backyard this year.

  7. Terje

    What a surprise to find a bird post. This red makes everyone smile.

  8. Great idea for a new way to write a color poem! Love your photos! We get lots of cardinals. Also bluejays, morning doves, wrens, sparrows, woodpeckers, and a flock of about 15 pigeons!

    A wonderful scaffold with almost a riddle-like quality to it!

  9. I love cardinals and they often visit in pairs. I have also written many color poems but my red poem is more about anger than a lovely bird. I like the direction your red poem took! Thanks for sharing!

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