Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ode to a Tomato

Oh, tomato, how we love you so.
We plant and water you to make you grow.

Full of vitamins A, C,
And lycopene--how healthy we will be.

Count the ways we consume you:
Spaghetti sauce, salsa, ketchup, and soups.

Whether sliced, tossed, diced, and even fried,
We praise you for your juicy, fleshy side.

One thing I did not know
Is that YouTube celebrates you so.

I heard the Tomato song that was fun,
But then you are a scrub to protect us from the sun.

Cherry or beefsteak grade,
We love you, great tomato, whom God hath made.


  1. What a fun slice! I can just imagine you having fun as you crafted it, something I always love in writing.

    I noticed your comment on the slice about making banana bread but did not realize that you meant you wrote your ode to a tomato today. It is always fun to see connections between the slices.

  2. I love it! Nothing says warm weather like a fresh tomato, sliced with some salt. Yum!

  3. It's great fun. I try often to get my students to look at the poem "Write About A Radish" by Karla Kuskin. It tells to write about what you know, to dig deeper into any 'small' topic, but with fervor. And you did it for tomatoes! I love the line "We praise you for your juicy, fleshy side". It has such an undertone of seriousness!

  4. Yay for tomatoes...those harbingers of summer!!!

  5. Tam, this is so fun! I can just imagine you working on it, thinking of tomatoes and the many ways in which you appreciate them. :)

  6. Tam, when I grow up, I want to be a poet like you! You craft words so deliciously. I must admit, when I saw your title, I thought of chocolate! Loved your post.

  7. Love it! What a great way to honor the little things in life.

  8. I say tomayto! In my top ten favorites of summer-home grown tomatoes from the lake! Nothing chases away winter blahs like the annual spring planting of the tomatoes-can't wait!!