Valentine – 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.


Ten days to one year. So I thought I should take time out from my extremely mad schedule and use my break to put forward one of my favourite Carol Ann Duffy poems. I have my final Individual Oral Commentary tomorrow and I am scared out of my mind and this is one of the poems that I might get. And this, I associate with you, for being there for me, and you know who you are. Thank you for standing by me, always and forever.


2 thoughts on “Valentine – Carol Ann Duffy

    1. It’s funny, I was helping a classmate analyse this poem today and I said, as a joke, that he should connect it to the rising prices of onions and how expensive and valuable the love is. We think alike πŸ˜› I’ll buy you an onion later πŸ˜›

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