I was in i due forni, which makes the best pizza in berlin yesterday. the discussion lead -don't ask me how, I guess I was too hungry- the 3 vegetables whose absence would make the world unbearable. I knew my answer beforehand, onion, garlic, and artichoke. What I was no sure about their order. After a quite some contemplation I have came up with the ordering in the last sentence.
I want to praise this delicious vegetable which can render almost every type of food edible, with Pablo Neruda's poem "Ode to Onion"...
Ode to Onion
your beauty formed
petal by petal,
crystal scales expanded you
and in the secrecy of the dark earth
your belly grew round with dew.
Under the earth
and when your clumsy
green stem appeared,
and your leaves were born
in the garden,
the earth heaped up her power
showing your naked transparency,
and as the remote sea
in lifting the breasts of Aphrodite
duplicating the magnolia,
so did the earth
clear as a planet
round rose of water,
of the poor.
You make us cry without hurting us.
I have praised everything that exists,
but to me, onion, you are
more beautiful than a bird
of dazzling feathers,
heavenly globe, platinum goblet,
of the snowy anemone
and the fragrance of the earth lives
in your crystalline nature.
and for the Turkish readers of my blog, here is my humble translation.
guzelligin yaprak yaprak,
kristal pullar seni buyuttu,
ve karanlik dunyanin gizeminde,
karnin cig taneleriyle yusyuvarlak oldu.
yesil govden gorununce,
kiliclar gibi dogunca,
yer altinda oldu.
toprak tum gucunu
senin ciplak saydamligini gostermek icin
nasil o uzak deniz
afroditin goguslerini kaldirdiysa,
seni oyle yaratti.
bir gezegen kadar saydam
su icinde bir gul.
bizi acitmadan aglatirsin.
ben ki varolan heryesi guzellemisim,
fakat benim icin sogan, sen,
cennet kuresinden, platin kadehten,
ve dag lalesinin durgun dansindan,
ve topragin kokusu,
senin kristalsi doganda yasiyor...