Friday, July 9, 2010

Conversation in the Tomato Patch

Photo courtesy of Magpie Tales
They're coming for us today, you know.
Who said?
I think it was the squash or maybe the cucumbers.
No, they couldn't have.  They grow so fast there's no one left.
Do you know what they do to tomatoes?
No, what?
I heard it from the corn.  They're always keeping their ears open.  You know they have to hide from the deer every night now.
They slice us up with big, sharp knives, and slather us with this thick, white gooey stuff...yuck.
No, they put us in hot water until our skin comes off, then they cut us into little pieces and call it salsa.
No, you're both wrong.  They put us on the grill until we're fire-roasted, and then we're canned.
I believe I heard it from the potatoes, they're here until fall.
Nah, not them, they can't see a thing with all that dirt in their eyes.
Uh oh, here they come.  Look, they've got baskets.  I think they're taking us to market.
C'mon guys try to look pale and pasty, they only want the really red ones.  Dang it, I warned y'all about the sun!
Ow, watch it will ya!  Hey, quit yer squeezing, I bruise easily.

This was written for Magpie Tales #22.


  1. This was so fun from beginning to end. I'm actually starting to feel sorry for our tiny little tomatoes that I can't wait to slather with the white gooey stuff! I love all the references to ears and eyes. A pure delight, Linda!

  2. Oh so perfectly written ~ for readers of all ages, child to adult! I loved it!

  3. I loved this, it is just what I am sure they are talking about, and that corn is so nosy!

  4. Talon- Thank you so much. I'm glad I could bring some personality to the tomatoes.

    Helen- Thank you! "child to adult" I never thought of it like that.

    Jen- Thank you! "that corn is so nosy" Yeah, but they've got stay one step ahead of those deer. ;)

  5. oh cleverly done! I enjoyed this!

  6. OH did you see the smile crack across my face !?!? This was super
    and very creative...poor veggies...

  7. haha. what a fun gave me smiles all

  8. Love the word play and the clever imagery! Terrific piece.

  9. Such a fun piece! Chatty and lively!

  10. Wonderful take on the prompt...I will be careful squeezing the fruits and vegtables next visit to the produce stand..bkm

  11. For someone who doesn't like tomatoes, you sure know a lot of recipes! PS. Thanks for visiting my Limerick!

  12. Such a lovely fun Magpie, I was also feeling sorry for the little tomatoes, hope they went to a good home.

  13. I don't know whether I can eat tomatoes for awhile now...and I so wanted a tomato sandwich today for tea!

    So clever, and so enchanting!

  14. This is great. The words are playful and seemed to fit in perfectly. It kept me reading till the end. Well done :)

  15. That was so much fun to read..

    I love that the corns had kept their ears open, but the potatoes couldn't help becauase they had dirt in their eyes.

    Very clever

  16. Oh little tomatoes... little do you know I'm coming for you green, and I'm going to slice you up, dip you in egg and flour, then fry you in canola oil with the zucchini. Muahahaha... you can't hide behind the red ones. I'll eat you all.

  17. Kathw- Thank you.

    Suz- I did! I thought it would be nice to give the tomatoes a voice.

    Brian Miller- Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

    Tumblewords- Thank you!

    Greyscale Territory- Thank you!

    Signed bkm- Thank you, and yes they are delicate. ;)

    Stafford Ray- Well, I like what is made with tomatoes, just not fresh, sliced, and sandwiched.

    Brigid- Thanks. I was going for sympathy for the 'maters.

    Nanotaziz- Thanks, and sorry, though I'm sure you'll get over it by lunch!

    Sarah- Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    nano_ang-poppaphil- Thank you!

    Jenny Bean- Little greenies, you'd better rally the troops 'cause Jenny's coming to get you!

  18. The view through the eyes of the parts of the garden. What a cool idea! Love it! :-)

  19. Giving a voice to the tomato - clever and funny.

  20. what a playful magpie such fun to read!

  21. Now that is an unusual take on growing tomatoes. I would never have thought of that.
    I like your blog, will be back.

  22. Very creative magpie. I love it!

  23. Brilliant! Just brilliant!

  24. this was genius! Loved fun :)

  25. Linda,

    I loved this story! I could see the tomatoes talking. The story ran like a animated film through my head as I read it.

    Plus, I laughed all the way through it. You are really spreading your writing wings. I'm enjoying watching you fly:~)

  26. Carrie- Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

    CatLadyLarew- We'll be on the look out for the sauce makers!

    Book Bird Dog- Thank you! It was fun.

    Soundoffreedom- Thank you!

    Friko- Thank you. I was sort of at a loss on this one at first.

    Catalyst- Thank you!

    Gabriela Abalo- Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    RA- Thank you!

    Caty- Thanks, I'm glad you liked it.

  27. Sara,

    Thank you so much. I had fun with the talking tomatoes. Each picture brings with it a new and different challenge.

    Thanks for your continued encouragement!

  28. Stop the herbiferous horror! :)

  29. Tomatoes with personalities :) Great Magpie, although now I'm feeling awful about all the things we do to them.

  30. Oh, this is really cute! Thanks for the smiles!

  31. fun and cute take,
    enjoyed it.
    Welcome to my tomato feast.

  32. Ha, ha! I talk to my tomatoes, but I'm not sure I'd like them to answer!

  33. brenda w- Round up the posse!

    Sue J- Thanks! We humans can be cruel to our vegetable brethren.

    Willow- Thank you.

    Jingle- Thanks, and I enjoyed the feast.

    ~T~- I'm sure you'd get an ear full.


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