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James Crews: Tomatoes

When I bite into the bruise-

        colored flesh of this heirloom tomato

        known as a Cherokee Purple,

        Iā€™m transported back to the dirt road

        that ran along the Meramec River

        where my father pulled over

        at the farm stand, then stepped out

        of the truck, brushed for a moment

        in gravel dust suspended in the sun.

        He came back grinning, gripping 

        a bag of homegrown Beefsteaks so fat

        they were already bursting their juices

        through the brown paper, running 

        down his long-gone hands, which I am

        reaching out to touch again before

        he turns the key in the ignition, 

        begging him not to go, not just yet, 

        as I salt the next slice.


Copyright 2021 James Crews.

James Crews’s books include Blue Bird (Green Writers Press, 2020). He teaches at SUNY-Albany and leads Mindfulness & Writing workshops across the country.

Cherokee Purple tomatoes (source: Totally Tomato)

2 comments on “James Crews: Tomatoes

  1. Rose Mary Boehm
    May 22, 2021

    You just got me there with you. And I am hungry šŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    May 22, 2021

    Had one last week. Oh so good!

    Liked by 1 person

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