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Below is the poem entitled Solanum which was written by poet Jack Jordan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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	Dangerous and beautiful, 
	tasty and deadly, 
	nature’s guessing games... 
	When I was a child 
	my mother told me that 
	her parents and other wise adults 
	warned her never to eat tomatoes.
	After all, it was well known 
	that all parts of the tomato plant,
	especially the ripe red fruit 
	so loved by birds and horn worms, 
	were deadly poison.
	Genetic bits bind 
	the natural world together, 	
	we Homo Sapiens distantly to
	the genus Solanum,
	including that tomato I mentioned,
	flourishing perhaps in your garden,
	dying in mine, 
	flattened by hail and record rains. 
	Eventually some brave soul,
	forgotten to history,
	bit into one, 
	juice dribbled past her smiling lips 
	and down her chin; 
	she survived.  

	Antediluvian genetics... 
	Might it be possible 
	that the primordial soup 
	imparted a tiny drop or two 
	of Solanum juice to us humans? 
	After all, we are 
	beauty and danger, 
	light and the darkness, 
	joy, anger, and grief 
	in varying measure.
	If so, the tomato prevails.
	The rule then is:
	eat the fruit and all is well. 
	Eat the greens 
	in an otherwise lovely salad 
	and be dead before dessert. 

Copyright © Jack Jordan

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  1. Date: 6/10/2013 1:13:00 AM
    I avoiding reading this for quite sometime, having no idea what Solanum was. It was very creative, this one! Talks about genetics and such go a bit over my head, but I enjoyed the thought process behind it... never would have compared myself to a tomato, but now I wonder...

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 6/10/2013 6:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I know you are going to be out of touch this summer. I want to let you know that I will be too for the next month - on an extended vacation. I'll write when I can, but I expect to be busy.
    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 6/10/2013 6:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I heard the story about poison tomatoes throughout my childhood. Late in life my mother wouldn't eat a meal without without them. I guess she didn't believe her parents. Not so unusual, huh.
  1. Date: 6/4/2013 1:23:00 PM
    two bite that either kill or keep alive still i like the hidden language

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 6/4/2013 2:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Ojobo...
  1. Date: 6/3/2013 1:14:00 PM
    How the heck are ya, Jack? This poem was a pleasure to read for have a way of saying so much in a clever way...impressed over here as usual.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 6/3/2013 2:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm fine, Caleb. Thanks for asking. I've been doing a bit of travel, Arkansas, actually, and then there are the tornados, of which we've had plenty. Thanks for the compliment... Jack