Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Tomato Heart By John RC Potter

Give me your heart
and I will show you
a dried tomato,
withered from too much
its seeds shrivelled
from too much exposure to the

The skin of this tomato
is pinched and thick:
good protection
from the sun and the rain,
from words and tears.

I suspect there is a whole other life
under this coarse exterior,
but I will never pierce through it
in time to save
the salvageable flesh within.

I think
            in our world
                           we could live without


John RC Potter is an international educator from Canada, living in Istanbul. His poems, stories, essays, and reviews have been published in a range of magazines and journals, most recently in The Serulian (“The Memory Box”, September 2023). The author has over a dozen upcoming publications in the coming months, including an essay in The Montreal Review. Web: https://author-blog.org Twitter: @JohnRCPotter IG: jp-ist