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Pomme d’Amour

For some reason, when I cut my tomatoes to can salsa or spaghetti sauce, I end up understanding how tomatoes were once considered an aphrodisiac, earning them the title of “love apples” with the French.  They were given as gifts to show romantic feelings among the nobility.  Add to this the danger of coming from the deadly nightshade family, and you have the perfect opportunity for some racy tomato porn.


pomme d’amour–
dangerous nightshade
forbidden aphrodisiac
no way to resist the
ruby red luscious delight;
my mouth moves closer
lips, tongue, teeth against
tight skin, firm, smooth
over succulent flesh;
anticipation climbs as
teeth bite into meat,
lovely juices dripping
bursting with sweet seeds
sliding down my chin
savoring the flavor of
summer’s perfect fruit


I’m sharing this with the open links at both Real Toads and d’Verse Poets.

19 thoughts on “Pomme d’Amour

  1. ah there is nothing like tomatoes in summer…to me at least….i love the tension of the skin and sharp acidity on the inside…a little salt and mmmm…yes i can see how they were for sure…smiles…

  2. I knew that “love apples” were tomatoes – can’t remember where I learned that – but that particular image set up the sensual delights in the poem. Wonder why Georgia O’Keefe never painted tomatoes, huh? Delicious. And I don’t even like raw tomatoes! Amy

  3. lovely juices dripping
    bursting with sweet seeds
    sliding down my chin
    savoring the flavor of
    summer’s perfect fruit

    Great word craft Teresa! The way you’ve described it is the way how I would remember what tomatoes are. Nicely!


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