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dVerse — quadrille #98 — Trauma’s Onion

An artist's rendering of heavenly angels standing on guard
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Trauma, immortally peeling onion
of layered human celluloid misery.

Re-runs’ battleground images lose
their vividness with each viewing.

Marinated liver reeks on my onion skin
tempting black eagles’ taloned mandate.

Angels with light arrows circle, faces outward,
protecting my soul – healing thicker pink.




Mish is today’s for dVerse.  Mish says:
Today I offer you the word “peel” to include in your quadrille.

26 thoughts on “dVerse — quadrille #98 — Trauma’s Onion

    1. Thank you, Glenn. I tried something experimental. The first 2 stanzas are comparing healing from trauma to peeling an onion. The 2nd two are trying to tie in Prometheus having his liver eaten by eagles over and over again. Not sure if it works or not.


  1. I was reminded of cosmetic chemical peels which can be done for vanity , but also to help dissolve scar tissue. Yin yang so often appears in your tao talks. I found this an incredibly brave poem – always, for me, an invocation of deep sadness and joy.

    I really loath liver – we had it a lot when I was a kid fried onions were the only thing that made it bearable.

    As always appreciate the intellect and knowledge behind these words.

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    1. A blurb I pulled from google search: “Prometheus was punished by Zeus because he stole fire to give back to mankind. He was chained to a rock in the Caucasus Mountains, and every day an eagle came and ate part of his liver. Each night, his liver would regrow, which meant he had to endure his punishment for eternity.” My mentor first introduced me to the peeling the onion concept for healing trauma. Thanks for reading and commenting, Bjorn.


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