Valentine


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.

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 finger,
Cling to your knife.

By Carol Ann Duffy

Basically, what time poem is talking about is that instead of giving your loved one something cliched like a satin heart or a flower, the author gives the person she loves an onion. The onion is ‘wrapped’ in brown paper, otherwise known as the outer layer and it is round like the moon. As you peel the brown, dried outer layer off, the onion underneath is fresh and white, which explains “it promises light.” “Like the careful undressing of love.” tells us that even though the person may not seem like she/he cares for you on the outside (the brown outer layer), its when you finally start to get to know and understand each other, then you start to realise what’s underneath that counts (the white edible part).

“Here, it will blind you with tears like a lover.” When you cut an onion, you start to tear because of the smell. This is related to love because love causes you to cry too, be it in happiness or in sadness. “It will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief.” In this case, love can cause you to cry in sadness, because you’re heartbroken.

“I give you an onion, its fierce kiss will stay on your lips.” When you kiss a cut raw onion ( i really wouldnt do that if i were you.), it burns your lips, which shows that love can burn us too. “Possessive and faithful as we are, for as long as we are.” Love stays with you as long as possible, just as how the smell and the burning of the onion stays on your lips.

Take it. Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring.” The onion rings, (no, not the deep fried, albeit extremely yummy ones at fast food places) will start to shrivel and dehydrate when you cut it and leave it there alone. As the ring of onion dries up and shrivels, it becomes smaller and smaller like a platinum ring. In other words, the author is asking “Will you marry me?”

“Lethal. Its scent will cling to your fingers, cling to your knife.” The smell of the onion takes a long time before it fades from your hands, so love is just like the smell. It takes long time to get over heartbreaks, as well as how love can stick by you for so long.

Cr: letaengbutt@soshified

Woah, ga tau kenapa bisa posting hal kaya gini. Ini aku baca di forum soshified dan tiba-tiba terdorong untuk ngepost di blog ini. Semoga postingan ini bisa bermanfaat. Di sini kita diajak untuk ngeliat kembali cinta itu apa, “love” itu apa. Cinta itu sesuatu yang sangat-sangat berharga, tak ternilai harganya. Dan selalu ada dua sisi saat kita menjalaninya. Kebahagiaan dan kesedihan. Tapi semua itu memang kehidupan. Kita ngga akan pernah tau arti kebahagiaan jika belum pernah merasakan kesedihan bukan? Jadi, jangan pernah sia-siakan orang yang kalian cintai dan mencintai kalian. Kenapa jadi mellow gini ya? Hahaha pokoknya, share the love everyone~ God bless you :)

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