Poetry from our Tomato Poets
The Three Tomatoes’ poets, have new poems that cover a range of emotions that will make you think, make you laugh, and pause for just a moment.
Love, it seems, is all around,
Even though I have not found,
Of course there have been a series of three,
Who were brave enough to marry me,
But now, the last one left me free,
All alone to simply be,
A woman, a person, to live and enjoy,
But all I want is a cute boy toy,
You know what I mean!
To bring me breakfast on a tray,
To do nice things for me each day,
To understand whatever I say,
Even when I refuse to play,
Any games, or call him nasty names,
When I want to be left alone,
You know what,
I’m living in a bubble,
A relationship is too much trouble.
Living alone is just fine.
~Carol Ostrow, author of “Poems from My Pandemic Pen”
I want my headstone to read
“had her cake and ate it too”.
I hope to make sad strangers passing by
giggle a little
while standing on my grassy plot.
I want to get everything I want
when I’m supposed to have it.
I can be patient
and live each moment fully
because time must not be squandered.
But I ride my merry-go-round
with my weaker hand griping the rein
and the stronger one
that brilliant brass ring.
On the never-ending rotation
one day I will yank it down
and wear it as a bracelet
until my next chapter begins.
Then I will return it
to the ride’s chassis
for someone else to pursue,
while I am eating strawberry shortcake
all the way to my grave.
~Nicole Freezer Rubens, author of “The Long Pause and the Short Breath”
At 65, rewritten from Janis Ian’s At 17
That love and laughter have survived
Nothing in this world is free
This Ugly Duckling becomes a swan when he looks at me
When you open up the spaces that yesterday and time erases
Sometimes you go it alone
Lonely is like a discarded bone
Guess it’s true, I survived the pain
Since then love is different but yet the same
Maybe happy to be alive at 65
We jump the hurdles and find a way to thrive
We live life completely in awe
For all, we have been through and never really saw
Doesn’t matter about not being called when choosing sides for basketball
Now, it’s golf, tennis, or pickleball