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Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Whole Season of Love

 “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

 A Scottish poet and playwright who serves as Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, Duffy was Great Britain's Poet Laureate for over a decade.  While it's called "Valentine," she wrote this whimsical poem for "the whole season of love."    For Saturday’s Poem, here is Duffy's,




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.





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