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But I Don’t WANNA Be An Onion November 25, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Mindfulness, Poetry.
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Wikipedia ~ Onions (in Public Domain)

‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving
And tummies were bloated
Stuffing and potatoes
Had all been demoted

A cook entered her kitchen
With true trepidation
Wondering what she should serve
To lingering friends & relations

Grabbing a huge soup pot
The cook commenced chopping
Soon fumes from an onion
Caused tears to start dropping

From a bowl on the counter
A small onion gave a great sigh
“I don’t WANNA be an onion
And make people cry!”

Wikipedia ~ Carrots (in Public Domain)

“Cooks cutting carrots
Have eyes that stay dry
I don’t WANNA be an onion
And make people cry!”

A voice from the sideboard
From a pie shunted aside
Heard the small onion and,
With compassion, replied:

“It’s true that onions
Have a strong perfume
With aromas that quickly
Permeate the room

“But when making chili,
Casseroles, soups, and stews
The onion is the Secret
Ingredient cooks choose”

“Why is that?” asked the onion
To the kind pumpkin pie

But a man’s loud {{burp}}
Was the only reply

Wikipedia ~ Pumpkin Pie (in Public Domain)

Thoughts to Ponder:

* Nature does not ask, “what do they want me to be?”  Its glory lies in its authenticity.

* When you stop hiding who you are, you have more energy to become more fully who you want to be.

* And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin

* I always wanted to be somebody . . . now I realize I should have been more specific. ~ Lily Tomlin

* The easiest way to transform the world is to change your perspective.

Comments»

1. gitikapartington - November 25, 2011

lovely x

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

Thanks, Gitika!

2. lifeintheboomerlane - November 25, 2011

Love it. I wouldn’t want to be an onion either.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

Onions are like Ogres (think Shrek) . . . they have layers! 😉

3. BrainRants - November 25, 2011

Onions are declicious.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

One of my favorite “secret ingredients” in STUFFING! nom nom 😀

4. Carl D'Agostino - November 25, 2011

Did a soup too. Carcass for broth, turkey scraps, carrots, celery but just a few slivers of onion. Saved in mason jars and will add touch of egg noodles when ready to eat.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

Making soup is a great way to get more for your $’s. 😀

5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - November 25, 2011

I love the Simpsons holiday episodes! What, that’s totally related.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

It IS totally related!

Homer is the guy
Who ate the pie
{{burp}}
Before it could spill the beans. 😉

6. nuvofelt - November 25, 2011

My grandmother always maintained that peeling an onion was a good way to get grit out of the eyes. ‘Life’, she would say, ‘gives a lot of grit’.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

Tears are a good way to wash away built up toxins (the grit of life) from within. Smart grandmother! 😀

7. jeanne - November 25, 2011

I have tried everything to deter the tears when peeling the humble onion…nothing has worked. But I will never give up my love of the onion.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

When I wore contacts, the lenses protected my eyes and kept me from crying. Now, I just chop onions at arms length so the fume are farther from my eyes.

I’m like you . . . onions add deliciousness to many dishes.

8. Piglet in Portugal - November 25, 2011

* When you stop hiding who you are, you have more energy to become more fully who you want to be.*

Nice one!

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

I’ve found that to be quite true in my life. Now, I can honestly say that “who I am is who I want to be.”

(Most of the time, anyway). 😛

9. colonialist - November 25, 2011

I enjoyed the onion ditty. Making people cry has an onion all cut up about it? 🙂
The ponderous thoughts are weighty!

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

Thanks, Colonialist. You’re right . . . onions are complex creatures (and excellent cut ups). 😛

10. kateshrewsday - November 25, 2011

I have often thought the onion is akin to salt in its necessity. Lovely poem. The onion is just perfect as an onion.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

I agree! Raw onion is a bit harsh . . . but onion soup or sauteed onions add a layer of yumminess that tickles my tastebuds.

11. sufilight - November 25, 2011

This was delicious read! Was smiling at the onion’s concerns and the burp reply. 🙂

This message’s wording caught my attention:

Nature does not ask, “what do they want me to be?” Its glory lies in its authenticity.” Nature is indeed a teacher.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

Thanks . . . glad you enjoyed the punchline of the poem. 😉

We can learn much from nature’s acceptance of its unique and diverse qualities and characteristics. We each have something special to offer.

12. Team Oyeniyi - November 25, 2011

I always wanted to be somebody . . . now I realize I should have been more specific. ~ Lily Tomlin

I saw Lilly interviewed here once – VERY good! Amazing woman.

nrhatch - November 25, 2011

She has always been a favorite of mine as she elicits laughter and offers insights into WHO we are at the core. 😀

13. Andra Watkins - November 27, 2011

Mmmmmmmmm. Pumpkin pie. And soup always warms the heart and soul.

nrhatch - November 27, 2011

When the weather outside is frightful . . . soup is so delightful! 😀

14. bluebee - November 30, 2011

Haha – delightfully metaphoric, Nancy

nrhatch - November 30, 2011

Thanks, bluebee! We each have something special to offer to the world. 😉

15. ElizOF - December 7, 2011

I love onions… and try to add them to many dishes… 🙂

nrhatch - December 7, 2011

A nuance all their own. 😀

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