On Slicing an Onion

On Slicing An Onion
Donald Kennedy Crowdis

I never took to onions;
Not just they made me cry,
I knew that they were vegetables,
That was my reason why.

Now I like my onion soup,
With onions fried, then stewed,
And it’s the slicing of the onions
That put me in this mood.

In botany quite long ago,
The inner skin of onion ring,
A diagram of living cell
Led on to everything

That lives, including me,
And now I know, or think I do,
That I am distant cousin
To a very motley crew,

For we are both eukaryotes,
The onion cell and I
And mushrooms, squid, and billy goats,
And that’s the reason why

We cannot just sit idly by
And think the harm we do
Will not come round to haunt us,
Or say we never knew

What to the Earth we’re doing;
And maybe it’s too late
To say that we are sorry –
We may have sealed our fate.


Our candle burns at both ends,
It will not last the night,
But O my victims and my friends,
It gives a lovely light!!


~ by dkcrowdis on July 15, 2008.

13 Responses to “On Slicing an Onion”

  1. What a good poem, Donald!! Have I told you that my maiden name as Kennedy?

  2. a little poetic license there Don? Doesn’t Vincent get any of the credit? You must have had your tongue in your cheek!

    “My candle burns at both ends
    It will not last the night;
    But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends –
    It gives a lovely light.”

    Edna St. Vincent Millay, “A Few Figs from Thistles”, 1920
    US poet (1892 – 1950)

  3. Good to have you back.Come again,soon.

  4. glad to see you are still writing. i finally found your new digs from the comments roll on your ole’ blogger. can’t keep a good writer down. take care and please continue. poet.

  5. Great to hear from you again, Don. Do write again soon!!
    Clever – I liked the onion story ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Happy to have found your new blog. I thoroughly enjoyed your previous blog and look forward to this one.

  7. Don, where are you?

  8. I was browsing through your old blog and you have great talent! Glad I found you over here too.

  9. Hey Don. You are very clever…. Peace and Many Blessings


  10. Nice to find you again! Now I’m all caught up! Fantastic work and thoughts not too dissimilar to my own – although less than half your experience in time. Keep up the great work! – KEN

  11. So, it’s been ages since you put something here. Where are you? Hope you’re well!

  12. Its interesting to see people trickle in from Don’s last blog only to see the same comments: “Don where are you?”

    Don’t go Don, I only just found you, again!

  13. Don, I’m from Portugal and I really love reading your blog. Hope everything is fine, please write again soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

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