Thursday, 30 September 2010

The Thursday Poem


Young Woman Reading by a Window by Delphin Enjolras


Valentine

Not a red rose nor 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.

Carol Ann Duffy
(23rd December 1955 - )

from the book: Poem for the Day One

2 comments:

Debbie said...

Such a lovely poem!
Thanks for sharing!

DEBBIE MOSS

Sharon said...

I've never really been "into" poetry, if I am honest, but I bought the Poem for the Day book on a whim and it's been such a revelation to me that I just wanted to share!