The Onion Architecture

neither tired nor hyper
felt sedated, but not sleepy nor worn out
i am neither fish nor fowl
neither tarnished nor afraid
only as strong as it’s weakest
quiet as a mouse
singing the blues
peeling the onion
as skin upon skin, fortification upon fortification
peeling away another layer
a core that’s buried beneath
like an opening one’s eyes & letting some fresh air in
singular breakable encapsulation
as a stereotyped and hackneyed
I angrily say chaff
rejecting a given unwanted layer
a sluggish stream
has been finding brightness of hue
think to the cliché of the day
neither quiet nor peaceful… nor chuffed
Hard as it is to become a separate self
I tried hard get to the centre of an onion
walked under the moon by the sea shore
hadn’t time to put my feet up and catch forty winks
being have feet of clay
took a hike in the woods
a paradox, rung in my ears
hung the moon and stars
I hemmed and hawed and finally admitted taking the advantage
findig the way to reveal my essential humanness
there is no centre?
Am I awful stuck-up?
I thinks I’m God’s own cousin
layer upon layer of mystique with no certain end
deemed the central truth has no lasting value
peeling away layers of the onion
I’ve found that there’s no centre
It’s the journey to the core that makes the tease
Featured in the Pink Panther Magazine: Issue 15

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we go off by ourselves to ‘find ourselves’, or that we find someone to tell us who we are!
an onion story & experience! (onion metaphor)
Featured in the Pink Panther Magazine: Issue 15


  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampabout 3 years ago

    the layed levels of our consciousness
    the id seems to try and sperate the wheat from the chaff
    in an endless pursuit of who and what we are trivial or otherwise
    wonderfull ushna great to see you writing again

  • thank you so much charlie! I’m so glad you liked! It means a lot!

    – Ushna Sardar

  • Kevyn Paul Eisenman
    Kevyn Paul Eis...about 3 years ago

    Aye, Ushna: an excellent piece!

  • Kevyn, thank you so much! glad you liked!

    – Ushna Sardar

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...about 3 years ago

    Layers and layers. Great writing my friend. Very intuitive work.

  • Paul, thank you so much pal! It means a lot!

    – Ushna Sardar

  • devotee1
    devotee1about 3 years ago

    Love this work

    Love this work! It really is all about the journey…and we are made, fashioned, fortified, peeled away and reconstituted layer upon layer infinitely. The layers are the center, the journey. And then it is not the layers but the peeling—not the center for all moves inside and outside the peels, the peels never really there—just the peeling—the moving away while towards.

  • Joe, Thank you my friend! I’m so glad you liked!

    – Ushna Sardar

  • wildwomenlove
    wildwomenloveabout 3 years ago

    this is awesome Ushna…I have always thought of our spiritual journey as peeling an onion…we shed layer upon layer, in order to come back to our true essence…this is just beautiful…xxx

  • thank you so much Sharoon! It means a lot! <3

    – Ushna Sardar

  • linaji
    linajiabout 3 years ago

    wow wonderful work, strong like the wind!

  • Lina, thank you so much my dear lady! much love!

    – Ushna Sardar

  • Rocky Loder
    Rocky Loderabout 3 years ago

    great write ….very deep…

  • Rocky, thank you so much!

    – Ushna Sardar

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 3 years ago

    Great writing!!!

  • Vitta, thank you so much! <3

    – Ushna Sardar

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 3 years ago

    Excellent writing Ushna x

  • thank you so much dear!

    – Ushna Sardar

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 3 years ago

    amazing write

  • Simon, thank you pal!

    – Ushna Sardar

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