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Onions Hanging
Rhona Aitken


Ordinary kitchen scents –
Not new – but timeless
Insistent presence.
Ornaments of beauty,
Nature providing shining
Sustenance in crisp brown overcoats
Hanging from the rafters,
Ageing in their multi-ochres –

Nineteen massive onions
Gleam with splendour
In their plaited beauty,
Never other than aromatic – especially
Gathered, sliced and juicy in a finished dish.


© by Rhona Aitken.
Used with the author’s permission.



Rhona Aitken (1925 - 2018) lived all over the world during the course of her life. The author of The Memsahib's Cookbook, which she wrote while living in India and for which she also provided all of the illustrations, Rhona and her husband, Gordon, owned and operated a hotel in the U.K. for many years. After that venture, they bought an old-world house and turned it into a thriving restaurant. Rhona had three children and seven grandchildren, all of whom inherited her love for travel. For the last few years of her life, she lived in a nursing home in Exmouth, England, where she wrote poetry, painted, shared Your Daily Poem every morning with her fellow residents, and continued to travel—on her 3-wheeler—as long as she was able.



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Great poem! Thanks,Rhona
Posted 12/05/2016 04:17 PM
go rhona
Posted 12/05/2016 12:00 PM
Dear Rhona, I always enjoy your poems and this one in particular reminds me of a root-cellar beside the home of my youth. It was chili, a little dank, and full of the smells you describe. Thank you, Michael Escoubas
Posted 12/05/2016 09:44 AM
Lori Levy:
Great portrayal of onions!
Posted 12/05/2016 09:32 AM
You've made something beautiful out of something ordinary...and presented it to us in a finished dish. Thanks!
Posted 12/05/2016 08:48 AM

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