How does this grab you? I read this many years ago and it was relatively old even then, but the down to earth style and content is as impressive for me now as it ever was.  It has a brutal honesty about it which makes it unsuitable reading for the romantics or faint of heart, as it rips away all the sickly saccharine images of love and romance which we get bombarded with.
Valentine

Not a rose or a satin heart,
I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light, like the gentle undressing of love.

Here. It will blind you with tears, like a lover.
It will make your reflections 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.

Carol Ann Duffy

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