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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Laura Grace Weldon

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What the Onion Teaches

Anything, seen wholly,
teaches everything.
Take a raw onion, harsh to its core.
Unpeel, unring, and hold to the light.
It is complete as the soil, sun, and rain
of its making.
Sauté the rings in oil
till the onion relaxes into itself,
elevating everything added next.

This looking, this warmth, and trust
is how the prisoner finds Shakespeare,
the lonely child discovers trees,
the battered woman pulls away layers
ready to be seen.