Friday, July 9, 2010

Ripening Tomatoes

(An Acrostic)

Red is the colour we aim for
It's the colour that we're meant to be.
Picture us rosy and ripened
Exactly the shade you should see.
Now imagine you're sinking your white teeth
In the flesh which is juicy and sweet
No apple or orange can beat us!
Get us ready and ripened to eat!
There are those who prefer a potato
Or a carrot or parsnip or peach.
Many more like us put in a salad
At a barbecue or on the beach.
Tell your friends we are here in the garden
Out here getting plenty of sun.
Every day we grow redder and redder
So eating us will be great fun!

Something went terribly wrong! 


"Many a true word spoken in jest."
When was Mankind at his best?
Rising to two legs was a gain
But now we're sinking back again!
Did we swing down from the trees
To merely live a life of ease,
Crouching over a little screen,
In a shape reminiscent of the Pleistocene?
That noble creature, centre-stage
Belongs to a much less 'civilised' age,
But did his sons grow extended thumbs,
Stunting the growth of their craniums,
Gazing, with hypnotised satisfaction,
At a little screen, which breeds inaction?
Oh the curve of that human graph!
If it wasn't so sad it would make us laugh.


Gemma Wiseman said...

Love the idea of a collective personification of tomatoes! Nice to hear them have a voice! Sadly we are curving back to whence we came! And we are in the driver's seat!

Diana said...

You are just so creative Brenda! My daughter loves fried green tomatoes!
You amaze me with your poetry!
Love Di ♥

Stafford Ray said...

Yes! The 'ages of man' looks like a graph of my life... have to get our more!

Tumblewords: said...

Terrific tomatoey acrostic! Many a true word: Amazing how we seem to be moving backward. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Miz. Brenda. So great poetry over her. I did not know of acrosttic so you educated me and entertained me today. Loved the 'Ages of Man'. Thanks for stopping by.

Helen said...

Delightful Magpie! I could live on tomatoes ~ honestly!

Carver said...

Few things are better than tomatoes in season. Great acrostic.

Suz said...

Boy that poem read delightfully out loud!
appreciate the work you put into this one

susan m hinckley said...

Loved both of these! Your rhymes are so well written, and such a pleasure to read. Thank you!

Kathe W. said...

every week I learn something new from all the magpies! I love this acrostic and will have to try one soon..maybe next week!
Great fun! Love it!

Unknown said...

That is just great..

Don't we just all wait in anticipation for the first tomatoes of the season

signed...bkm said...

Wonderful and tasty Magpie...I love everyway - soup, pizza, salad, sunripened...and more...bkm

ninotaziz said...

I preferred tomatoes too to apples and oranges. Lovely and how true...

Yes, I am one who looks long and hard into the 14" screen. What are we coming too?

Carrie Van Horn said...

You put together your own garden of words; going across and cascading down. Such an awesome talent! :-)

Catalyst said...

These are both great, Brenda! Not good . . . GREAT!

Anonymous said...

Creative magpie nicely done!

Sue J said...

Loved them both. Thanks.

RA said...

Collective mind of tomatoes... you just shot me into the space! Well done! :)

brenda w said...

Well done! A tomato evolution. ha!

RNSANE said...

You always are amazing, with not one poem but two. I've never done an acrostic!

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

very beautiful descriptions of tomatoes in nature and in imaginations!

Lyn said...

Laugh we must!
Great acostic..all tomatoes, in all their stages are my friends!!

Tess Kincaid said...

Clever acrostic, Brenda! Nice Magpie.

~T~ said...

Being a rebel, I'm growing pink and green tomatoes this year. But they have to ripen, too! Fun poems.