Saturday, July 03, 2004

The Onion

Look at your hands Now imagine you have no fingernails None the ends are smooth and round now imagine there is something slick on the end of your fingers Rub it around Before you is an onion Its very large Its white It is not sweet It will burn You must peel the onion It is trussed in its shell the decaying outer shell But you cannot harm the onion How will you peel it? You have no nails You have no knife Your fingers are slick How will you peel it? There is always a flaw a crack, a fissure and you will work your finger around it it will be difficult You must be patient For you may not harm the onion You must rub the shiny dead skin along the crack, the flaw until it opens And then you will cry Remember The onion is not sweet The onion will burn Every layer of the onion must be peeled. It is tedious It is time consuming It is frustrating It burns It makes you cry but you must not harm the onion You may not toss it the air You may not smash it on the table you may not use a knife Nor a nail Nor anything sharp for the onion is fragile Time is what the onion needs Every layer is thicker and harder every layer will burn every layer will make you cry but you must not harm the onion In the onion there is a core it is the most fragile It is the sweetest part of the onion it will not make you cry As you cup it in your hands you realize you’ve spent so much time peeling the onion the other pieces the outer shell are withering and dying And you are left with the sweet core Peel your onion but do not harm the onion for it contains your sweetest core
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    Blogger Seeker said...

    Nice post.. I likes it.

    I want a little baby onion so i dont have to work so hard =)

    7/03/2004 10:03:00 AM  
    Blogger Queenie said...

    Oh, I want a huge onion. Discovery.


    7/03/2004 12:30:00 PM  
    Blogger AJ in Nashville said...

    Hmmm...I had 2 other really complementary comments on your last two previous posts, Inanna, but neither of them showed up!

    I just wanted to say that I'm very impressed with your poetry and it's inpired me to try and work on some myself. Thank for your fine work. It really is inspiring.


    7/03/2004 09:40:00 PM  
    Blogger Traci Dolan said...

    Seeker and Queenie: Unfortunately, we do not get to choose the size of the onion... but I would opt for small myself!

    AJ and others: I know folks have posted comments that are not showing up. I am getting them in my inbox. I appreciate your encouragement and compliments. More poetry to follow.

    7/04/2004 03:41:00 AM  
    Blogger Jay said...

    when i was a teenager i worked at subway. we'd fill the sink with water and throw the onions in and peel them underwater so our eyes wouldn't tear. that doesn't have anything to do with your poetry, but it reminded me of that.

    7/04/2004 01:52:00 PM  
    Blogger Traci Dolan said...

    Jay -- now, if we could just drown our sorrows instead of in them... :)

    7/04/2004 02:03:00 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Exquisite. Simly exquisite.

    7/06/2004 11:03:00 AM  
    Blogger Celti said...

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    7/06/2004 11:03:00 AM  
    Blogger Celti said...

    oops..that was me. sorry about the anon.

    ...and that should be SIMPLY EXQUISITE. OOmph. need coffee.

    7/06/2004 11:05:00 AM  
    Blogger Traci Dolan said...

    Thank you Celti -- urg.. blogger is making things difficult these days.

    7/06/2004 11:09:00 AM  
    Blogger Celti said...

    I have a Live Journal page...if blogger keeps up this crap, I might just have to bail. hmmmph.

    7/06/2004 11:19:00 AM  
    Blogger AGB 1 said...

    Get thyself to an open mike night. That is if you want to share in that way, not everybody does.

    7/06/2004 03:29:00 PM  
    Blogger jp said...

    Onions have layers. Ogres have layers.

    7/06/2004 05:57:00 PM  
    Blogger jp said...

    *pokes head in room* Inanna???? Innnnannnnnnnnaaaaaaaaaaaaa??? Where you at?

    7/07/2004 11:48:00 AM  
    Blogger Seeker said...

    Inanna is busy making onion rings she will return shortly I am sure.

    7/07/2004 01:43:00 PM  

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