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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

a valentine poem i read

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 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

2 comments:

Erimentha said...

D'you know that's from a collection called "I wouldn't thank you for a Valentine: Poems for young feminists"?

Lovely...

@ said...

yeah...u like it? i found it neat

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