Sunday, 16 October 2005

I give you an onion


Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring,
if you like.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

(Carol Ann Duffy)

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1 comment:

  1. Hi J's girlfriend. That poem brings back good memories! We did the CarolAnn Duffy poem collection in school and that one was one of my faves! Reminds me of all the great times i had with my friend messaing around and eating cheese sandwiches in english class!! ;)


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