The tomatoes are humming

Out in the greenhouse,

inspecting the vines,

counting and sorting,

wasting my time.


One tomato this,

one tomato that,

protruding off in space,

landing in a case,

humid and sweaty

with the whir of the fan

pushing air out

instead of in.


Along with the whirring

came the blare of the radio

playing 80s tunes

long out of style.

I cannot remember

when that music was groovy,

unless you consider

the culture:

tube socks and roller derbies.


All of this excitement

made for a pretty dull day

of picking and weighing,

what I call a ripe old foray.

Until I heard another noise.

I must be hallucinating

or are the tomatoes

really humming 

to tunes that annoy me?


Over my shoulder

was the distant echo

of buzzing and droning,

I blinked, hesitated,

and recounted my tomatoes.

But in awhile,

I thought to myself,

at least the new noise

could block out the sound

of ABC’s ‘Poison Arrow’

playing behind me,

full blast on the stereo.


Soon the buzz was right by my ear,

moving in colors of yellow and black,

landing on my nose,

“Oh good grief, what the heck!”

It seemed I had in my midst

an unsuspecting beehive

and its busy residents,

zipping along through the vines,

pollinating flower to flower –

luckily unaware of forgotten

80s retro vibes

or I would have been

stung much sooner,

that’s no surprise.


These bees I don’t mind

as I am their guest,

finishing off where they started,

and of course, reaping

the benefits of an ultimate

tomato taste tester’s experience.

poem from ‘Nostalgia, Naturally’ by Tyler Pedersen, Copyright 2007


About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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2 Responses to The tomatoes are humming

  1. Gallivanta says:

    That’s a buzzing humming little poem. And maybe tomatoes do buzz when they grow. We could hear their song if our ears were fine enough to listen.

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