Carol Ann Duffy

(Glasgow / Scotland)

Valentine


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.

Here.
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 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.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Topic of this poem: food


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  • Silver Star - 3,593 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (2/14/2015 11:57:00 PM)

    Fantastic project to onionify a gift to a special day, at least a day to demonstrate the degree of love to the special one. Fantastic metaphor. Thanks a lot. Enjoyed much. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,593 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (2/14/2015 11:53:00 PM)

    Fantastic project to onionify a gift to a special day, at least a day to demonstrate the degree of love to the special one. Fantastic metaphor. Thanks a lot. Enjoyed much. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 40 Points Hugh Rhodes (2/14/2015 5:24:00 PM)

    Sorry if comments repeated. New around Here. Pretty Neat Stuff! Thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,418 Points Savita Tyagi (2/14/2015 9:09:00 AM)

    Loved the creativity. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,927 Points Khairul Ahsan (12/16/2014 9:28:00 AM)

    I love the straight talk told in the poem, under a romantic title.
    Well done, poet! (Report) Reply

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