Inside an Onion

by Drora Matlofsky

Go inside an onion,
Deeper and deeper.
Cut through the many layers
And cry.
And cry.
When you reach the centre,
When there are no more layers,
You will be as deep as possible
In your pain.

Stay inside the onion for a few days.
Cry away your tears.
Let them make the onion soft and sweet,
Then come out,
Eyes and nose dripping,
Ready to go on.

Drora Matlofsky has been living in Jerusalem since 1984. Her poetry in English has appeared in various poetry and Jewish magazines and her poetry in French can be found on the Poésie Française site.

Last updated September 19, 2015