For Carol Ann Duffy

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I have searched for you under many a mulberry moon;
perused an onion,
for what better way to learn a thing or two about intricacies
than to look through your eye?
Take it. Take my wholesome poems and devour as fruit,
we pay up
to a certain extent when we set out to own the truth;
grey smoke billowing,
a gossamer veil
separates us, could it be so that
we would come face to face from behind
a portal of decadesβ€”
whatever I have bred,

comes directly from heart, from your English garden.





Photo credits: Elena Katsyura Oil painting, Pinterest

Laura hosts at dVerse and invites us to write poems
to our favorite Poet in a direct or indirect
voice. Come join us! πŸ’

Posted for Poetics: “Poems to a Poet,” @dVerse Poets Pub

40 Replies to “For Carol Ann Duffy”

  1. Oh… the onion… love how you made me remember that.
    A mulberry moon or a moon wrapped in brown paper…

  2. I think you have done this beautifully Sanaa, ‘for what better way to learn a thing or two about intricacies
    than to look through your eye?’
    – The perfect way to learn poetry is to learn from the poets we admire most. I can feel your love of and respect for her poetry in your writing.

    1. Awww gosh! Thank you so much, Laura πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it! πŸ’„β€οΈ

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt)

  3. You know how fond of Carol Ann I am, Sanaa, so thank you for this Duffy-scented poem! β€˜Valentine’ is one of my favourite poems and the onion deserved its place in your poem to a poet.

    1. Thank you so much, my dearest Kim πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it! I am heading over to read your second offering πŸ’„β€οΈ

  4. I love Carol Ann Duffy and am currently reading The World’s Wife (so punchy and gritty and powerful). This poem is a wonderful tribute. I love the line: Take my wholesome poems and devour as fruit <3

    1. Aww gosh! Thank you so much, Dwight πŸ˜€ that’s so very kind of you to say so πŸ’„β€οΈ

  5. I now need to read Duffy again. i have not snce school (I left in 1986). thank you fo the reminder of her work. a wonderful poem tribute beautifal written.

  6. The image of the moon wrapped in brown paper is such a good one! I’m not sure how she’d take the reference to having an English garden though.

  7. Oh my poetic ignorance is appearing again and again with this prompt. I am truly a neophyte with poets. But this reads beautifully even if I am not familiar with the poet. The idea of the onion, the mulberry moon…..and the illustration of the beautiful tea cup with mention at the end of the poem of the English garden. I can imagine sitting there with this beautiful cup in hand. Just lovely, Sanaa!

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