Today is a red day, and on red days I must see ten red things
before school. My little sister may think it’s cool –
but it’s not just a game I play – no, ten red things decide my day.
So far I’ve seen 3 cars, a hot air balloon and a hot air balloon’s flame
a robin, a fox , a container train. A sunrise cloud
(more orangey red – but that’s allowed). Now time’s running out…
So everyone starts searching and tension has mounted because everyone
knows that as yet I’ve not counted:
10 RED THINGS!
Moving things, not cars on drives, things going somewhere – anything
alive, and I’m starting to wonder just how I’ll survive
if I don’t find number ten. When… little sister shouts
look at the leaves on the tree up ahead and there’s silence
as the car holds its breath. I look up to the tree
see leaves which are red, falling, and with relief whisper…