searching for red (the tomato picker)

tomato (2)

he bends
from the waist

ruffling the leaves

for red

by eye

by a touch

and a squeeze

orange abounds

there’s yellow there



into the pail

as baubles
of shine

a sheen
from the sun

into the pail
he straightens
to stretch
the pain of the bend

the stiffness
of reds
by greens

staining his hands

an olfactory anesthesia

as he selects
those that will leap
to hand
from the stalk

once again

a ruffle of leaves

in the search
for a red


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