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Short and sweet – for Magpie Tales

July 11, 2010

This was the picture prompt from Magpie Tales this week, and as an exercise in brevity, here’s my response. My poem came entirely from the picture, but was given added meaning when I looked on Dictionary.Com to help me with a title and saw that ‘tomato’ is also recorded as slang for an attractive woman. Weird how these things link!

Crimson Nightshade

Downy tendrils
bear bulbous
red as partly ripened
hung with humid
droplet jewels,
by parched
and wanting lips;
summer fun.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2010 01:40

    Wow…and my lips are wanting that tomatoe too…I can almost smell it!! BEAUTIFUL!! X

  2. Helen permalink
    July 12, 2010 03:09

    I had almost forgotten those old black and white films … and the term ‘hot tomato.’ Thanks for the memories. Great Magpie.

  3. July 12, 2010 03:42

    delicious savory and sexy! Fun Magpie!

  4. July 12, 2010 11:36

    summer fun indeed…rather sensual…i like it. nice magpie.

  5. July 12, 2010 13:13

    delightful magpie!

  6. soulintention: signed .............bkm permalink
    July 12, 2010 20:20

    lovely piece of poetry….love the word Crimson…bkm

  7. July 12, 2010 22:04

    Thanks everyone for your comments – I wanted to capture the fullsome tomato in all it’s glory. Loved reading the poem out loud cause it made a rolling feel in my mouth just like a little tomato all of it’s own 🙂

  8. July 13, 2010 02:27

    tomatoes and summer go hand in hand…your poem makes me wish I liked tomatoes. Alas, I do not so I can only savor your words and the images they evoke…not truth behind them! 😉

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  10. July 13, 2010 16:13

    Deliciously brilliant!

  11. July 13, 2010 20:52

    Ooo…that deadly nightshade! I wouldn’t eat it!

  12. July 13, 2010 21:30

    Delicious description!

  13. July 14, 2010 02:45

    beautifully said tale!

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