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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8 Responses to The tomatoes are humming

  1. dulzimordash says:

    Reblogged this on Nature’s Abhorred Vacuum.

  2. this is soooo much fun. best way to help someone get over their fear of bees, is ad bees into something interesting like gardening, they’re so much fun to watch.

    • Thank you! Glad you enjoyed this foray through the vines and bees. And yes, bees should not be feared (unless you are allergic) and are very exciting and funny to watch. They do so much for horticultural operations – without them we would have a shortage of fresh produce (and more unrealized tomatoes)!
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on The ancient eavesdropper and commented:
    Here’s a humorous poem I wrote in 2007 for my book “Nostalgia, Naturally” about my summer job experience at a greenhouse. I hope it brings a smile to your face on this wonderful, relaxing weekend!

  4. howanxious says:

    Ha! That is a fun read. You created such a beautiful atmosphere through your words.

    • Thank you, my friend! So glad you enjoyed it. At the center of my poetry lies a hidden smile, words dawning on memories, pathos stirred in situ on the page and through the camera lens of our mind’s eye. Hope you are having a relaxing weekend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

  5. I loved this poem. It was a story–with a twist ending and everything! It was hard to relinquish the image of humming tomatoes–they were prolly just down from the flowers Through the Looking Glass…;)

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