I’ve been busy writing about poetry for my doctoral studies, which means (a little ironically) I have missed the last two Poetry Fridays. So I was determined to post something today but couldn’t settle on a topic. So, I decided to scroll through my photos and choose one to write an impromptu poem.
The first photo that caught my eye was this one:
I took it early last year. It’s the first, perfect, cherry tomato from last year’s crop. I was so proud of that one tomato that I photographed it and shared here on my blog, and on Facebook and Twitter too. But afterwards I ate it which is, after all, what one should do with a tomato. I remember very clearly that it was delicious – and left me wanting more, which of course I had to wait for, because the others weren’t ripe yet.
How to capture that in a poem? Here’s my effort.
too perfect to eat
So instead I took a photo
shared you with the world.
through social media
to your wiles
and ate you in a single
sweet, tangy mouthful.
I don’t remember who commented
or how many likes you garnered
but I do remember
that delicious bite
that I couldn’t share
(Poem copyright Sally Murphy 2016).
Haven’t written a poem lately? Here’s a challenge: scroll through the photos in your social media account, or on your phone – then see if you can capture that moment in a few lines of poetry.