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"Red, blood red with an orange rim..." | 17-Feb-05

"Red, blood red with an orange rim..."

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I learnt this at primary school, probably in the early 60s. the words came back to me this week on a holiday in Wales, looking at the bronze bracken in the misty rain! I think the poem is called 'December Colour'
and I can remember a bit more of it
'..bramble lit to a burning bush,
winter's torch to light her,
Over the cottage, the creepers blush,
bright and ever brighter.

Silver of rain on the emerald moss,
flame on the robin's breast,
Opal and amethyst clouds that cross
gold of the warming west

(something something)
Who said pale December?
Judith Anderson

December Colour

by S. Gertrude Ford

Red, blood red, with an orange rim,
Flushing the toadstool tops;
Bronze of bracken where blue mists dim
Depths of the chestnut copse;
[...]


Found it in an old school poetry book called Junior modern poets, selected by Richard Wilson, around 1936
gill shea

My mother taught me this poem when I was small, I thought it was anonymous. I learned it again in Glasgow at Riddrie Junior School.
Red, blood red, with an orange rim, Flushing the toadstool tops,
Bronze of Bracken, where blue mists dim, depths of the chestnut copse.
Brambles lit to a burning bush, winter's torch to light her.
Over the cottage the creepers blush, bright and ever brighter.

Silver of rain on the emerald moss, flame of the robin's breast;
Opal and amethyst clouds that cross, Gold from the warming west.
Pearls of mistletoe. (Santa Claus soon shall his rites remember)
Rubies rain from the hips and the haws, Who said 'Pale December.'
Celia Shires


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