Sunday, July 20, 2014


I fight in red for the same reasons
That Garibaldi chose the red shirt
      -- Because a few men in a field wearing red
Look like many men  -- if there are ten you will think
There are a hundred; if a hundred
You will believe them a thousand.
And the colour of red dances in the enemy's rifle sights
And his aim will be bad – But, best reason of all,
A man in a red shirt can neither hide nor retreat.

         --  Hugh MacDiarmid, Why I Chose Red

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