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love and scallions

“You’ll never need to buy me a single scallion again.” – She

the greek named it askolonion
originating from the philistine town of ascalon
modern-day ashkelon in israel

today it is known as
green onion in usa
spring onion in england
shallots in australia
cibies in scotland

regardless of the name
it never forms a solid bulb
the scape and the leaves
are hollow and fragile

its pungency and bitterness
are associated with the heart
remedy for heart pain

i had visions of you as the mother of my children
never experiencing lack
holding hands
in a field of blooming scallions

© 2006. All Rights Reserved.
Zemach Zohar Wilson, New York, March 2006