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An English teacher at a Secondary School in the UK. * Sharing and questioning the day job. * I teach KS3/4/5.
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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 fingers,
cling to your knife.

Valentine, Carol Ann Duffy (via goodnightseattle)

This poem is one of my favourite to teach; it raises so many questions about what it means to love, and Duffy’s style is so imaginative and the language is so rich.

Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Valentine’ using wordle.

Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Havisham’ displayed using wordle.