Thursday, February 14, 2008

Onion Love


How does this grab you? Rips away all the saccharine images of love and romance and gets down to the real business of relationships.
I first came across it several years ago and it was relatively old even then, but it has stuck in my mind ever since.



Valentine

Not a rose or a satin heart,
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light, like the gentle undressing of love.

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

I am trying to be truthful.
Not a cute card or a 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.

Lethal.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
Cling to your knife.


Carol Ann Duffy

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