What the Onion Teaches
Anything, seen wholly,
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.
Laura Grace Weldon