Essay — Flowers of red

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Red is the berry, fat and round

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Red is the firecracker, a burst of sound

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Red is the hibiscus, ready to pop

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Red is the lantana, blooming nonstop

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The flowers of winter ever so red

Enjoying the sunshine, the frost ahead

Are you brightening your surroundings?



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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