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
addressed
to our favorite Poet in a direct or indirect
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Posted for Poetics: “Poems to a Poet,” @dVerse Poets Pub

Comments

  1. Bjorn Rudberg says:

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

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  2. Ingrid says:

    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. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ingrid πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  3. You penetrated that gossamer veil to the very heart of Duffy – Bravo Sanaa – she would love this as I do!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt)

  4. 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. Sanaa says:

      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

  5. Nina Nazir says:

    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. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Nina πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  6. Bev Crawford says:

    I enjoyed meeting your Carol Ann Duffy! Thank you!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Beverly πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  7. robtkistner says:

    What a tender tender tribute! Wonderful writing… πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rob πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  8. You have snatched the pen of Duffy here, so love this line, “Take it. Take my wholesome poems and devour as fruit” πŸ˜‹

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you soo much, Tricia πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  9. msjadeli says:

    Lovely flowery language, full of love for your Muse. I so enjoyed reading your poem, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  10. It is great how we associate ourselves with our heroes. This is a very beautiful tribute to yours.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  11. rog leach says:

    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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rog πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  12. Sanaa, honestly, sometimes I have to force myself to read your poetry because you make me feel so inadequate. This is stunning – I simply loved it.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, David πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  13. K.Hartless says:

    A powerful image of the fruit poems and the quest for truth. Also, the English Garden. Stunning verse.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, K.Hartless πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  14. Ken Gierke says:

    The seeds of her words have flourished in your own.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ken πŸ˜€ that is such high praise πŸ’„β€οΈ

  15. Helen says:

    I am so glad you chose Duffy as I have not read much of her poetry… and now I need more! Brava.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Helen πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  16. Jane Dougherty says:

    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.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jane πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  17. Marion says:

    I so enjoyed your homage. Note to self – read more Carol Ann Duffy.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Yay! Thank you so much, Marion πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  18. mulberry moon. perused an onion. oh this poem took my breath away, Sanaa. a beautiful piece for a cherished author.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemawrites πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  19. Lillian says:

    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!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, my dearest Lillian πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  20. Sara McNulty says:

    Oh how I love “mulberry moon”
    A lovely poem, with a fitting painting.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sara πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

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