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My best friend loved tomatoes so much, she bit into them like they were apples, then sprinkled on some salt and took another bite, and another and then more, until juice dripped off her elbow and another tomato was gone. I envied her and also viewed her as an oddity. Now, I like tomatoes, though not enough to bite into a fat one. My husband grows them (with better results each year), and I sometimes eat the small ones off the vine.
So the poem below is from (and for) the childhood me. The poetic form is called a Zeno, which I'd never heard of until I read this week's poetry stretch on The Miss Rumphius Effect.
Lament on the Tomato
Vegetable disguised as fruit,
growing red in
It turns out you
© 2013 Stephanie Parsley