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Valentine, 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.

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.

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


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  1. Hey, Jay Bee! I guess I didn’t realize you switched blogs and this is now your primary blog? So glad I figured it out. I was getting worried for a while when I didn’t hear from you. Happy to see you haven’t lost your sense of humor. Did you really give your valentine an onion? :-)


    • I was going to write you telling you where I was! I’m so sorry you were worried… I’ve been in a bit of a slump and then, on an impulse, I purchased this template on an impulse and started kind of anew… :)

      I didn’t give my Valentine an onion, although I wanted to and he wanted to give one to me! We both forgot… which goes a long way to say what we think of Valentine’s Day. (However, there were the customary roses and chocolate fairy cakes – you can guess who got what.)


      • He got the roses and fairy cakes? Lol…just kidding. I received my customary flowers & chocolates. He got a home-cooked meal! Guess who’s the lucky one. Actually, he wasn’t all that lucky. Quails turned out dry! It was my first time. I was going for that “Like Chocolate for Water” effect. And was sure I was going to post recipe. Not anymore. I need to get my thinking cap on and figure out how to make succulent quails. So happy to hear from you! XOXO


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