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Saturday, February 13, 2016

In your heart ... or in the news

“You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what's in your heart. – Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy is a Scottish poet and playwright who serves as Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and as Great Britain's Poet Laureate, appointed in 2009.
On this Valentine’s weekend, it seemed only right to share Duffy’s whimsical poem for both the day and the season of love – definitely an unorthodox look at “normal” Valentine’s Day verse.  For “fun reading” and “thoughtful pleasure” as you contemplate her words, here is Saturday’s Poem from 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.

On this Valentine’s Day, may the poetry that you discover inspire you with many new “Writer’s Moments.”   Happy Valentine's Day!

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