September Tomatoes – Karina Borowicz


The whiskey stink of rot has settled
in the garden, and a burst of fruit flies rises
when I touch the dying tomato plants.

Still, the claws of tiny yellow blossoms
flail in the air as I pull the vines up by the roots
and toss them in the compost.

It feels cruel. Something in me isn’t ready
to let go of summer so easily. To destroy
what I’ve carefully cultivated all these months.
Those pale flowers might still have time to fruit.

My great-grandmother sang with the girls of her village
as they pulled the flax. Songs so old
and so tied to the season that the very sound
seemed to turn the weather.

 

Karina’s most recent book of poems is called Proof.

Think about what the poem made you feel. Did you feel life in the garden described? Or death? Did the language of seasons make you consider the passing of time?

May you live out another beautiful poem in the collection of your life today, and we’ll see you tomorrow.

 

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