Carol Ann Duffy

(Glasgow / Scotland)

Valentine - Poem by Carol Ann Duffy

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.


Comments about Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

  • Rookie - 307 Points Prence Shqipe (4/26/2015 1:42:00 AM)

    For Valentine’s Day not ‘red rose, satin heart, cute card….kissogram’, just onions.
    Throughout the poem the onion is a metaphor for love, developed in different ways.
    You must be careful with love to get its benefit, just as you must be careful with the onion. The ‘onion’ in this poem is also an image which forms an analogy for the poet’s views and attitude to love relationship and romance.
    As always stunning and unique! (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,899 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 - 3,899 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 - 6,019 Points Savita Tyagi (2/14/2015 9:09:00 AM)

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

  • Gold Star - 8,453 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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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 16, 2014


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