Ode to a tomato

Seasons shifted, and I waited

peered through vines

sifted through the rest

and there you were,

shiny and plump

your bursting flesh revealing your youth

I couldn’t help but reach out for you

the literal fruit of my labor and love

Written for dVerse’s Poetics challenge for the week, where Sanaa asked us to write a poem on one of the beautiful minimalist photographs by Glenn A. Buttkus. I chose the one featured here, a close up of a simple tomato hanging off a vine. It reminded me of the scores of similar pictures on my mother’s phone – she can’t help but take one each time a new fruit or flower emerges in her garden. The emotions in this poem reflect how I imagine she reacts to each of them.


  1. Helen Dehner says:

    All about birthing …. this is lovely.


  2. sanaarizvi says:

    This is incredibly stunning!! I love the idea of “literal fruit of my labor and love,”.. yes! Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt πŸ’πŸ’


    1. Thank you Sanaa! For reading and for promoting this poem πŸ’•


  3. Sunra Rainz says:

    This reminded me of the line from The Prophet: “Work is love made visible” – Kahlil Gibran ❀


    1. Thank you Sunra, that line is very relevant to gardening! πŸ’•

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      1. Sunra Rainz says:

        True! πŸ˜„


  4. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    This tomato image certainly has garnered some yummy poetics. My wife eats tomatoes every day. I worry about her getting too acidic, but she does fine. Thanks.


    1. Thanks for reading Glenn, and for taking these cool pictures!


  5. rbbhssn says:

    Love this Mubash! There’s no joy quite like seeing the result of your love and care blossoming!


    1. Thank you for reading Rabab ❀️


  6. SelmaMartin says:

    The perfect ode to that lovely fruit. I just love it. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Thanks for reading, Selma! Welcome to this space 😊

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  7. Ingrid says:

    How lovely that you imagined yourself into your mother’s shoes in order to write this poem πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you for reading Ingrid 😊

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  8. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES says:

    Very sensual. I’m in love with my garden.


    1. Thank you for reading Colleen! πŸ™‚


  9. Terveen Gill says:

    Yes, it’s probably the juiciest and safest one. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  10. this is tender and so lovingly written. how juicy they are, i believe!


    1. Thank you so much for reading! πŸ™‚

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