Imitative Writing of Carol Ann Duffy

 

Original:

“Valentines”

Carol Ann Duffy, 1955 –

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.

 

Imitative Writing:

“I Let You”
Not a whisper in red lips
Not a champagne in small sips

I give you toilet paper
It is rolls of oak
Beneath we make our oath
Until lightning strikes us apart

Here
It will mop away scars from wars
Like a genie from afar
And slowly it wipes away
The reasons why you loved me

I give you toilet paper
It is frosted on my gown
Pure and sacred
Chase me in this town
And crown me with your name

Take it
Our white romance
Lead me down the aisle
Tear me up and flee a mile
If you like
Dial
I’ll answer in a while

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