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Cherry Tomato Alley / USA 1957

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Cherry Tomato Alley / USA 1957

The air steams like a pasta bowl fresh from the stove 
down the screaming toddler's rosebud cheeks.
Golden ringlets cling to her forehead, 
dangling like the Slinky she plays with 
in front of her marble-blue-agate eyes.
Backyard sounds,
bat cracks and wise cracks surround her.
Squeals echo from the mounds of loam
behind the new construction around her
monopoly board, cookie cutter, house.

The sand box she sits in is full
of a scattering of scrap two-by-four blocks.
Using a naked purple-haired troll doll,
she attacks the pine block castle, 
tumbling the battlement.

A pirate plank spans the puddle 
created by the leaky green garden hose.
The barefoot tike, troll in hand, starts across
the board toward the moonscape 
of clod mounds; where her sister and friends 
run screeching armed with rip rotten tomatoes.

Each new neighbor plants, themselves, 
their cars and the sprinklers in their gardens. 
Polish Catholics, English Presbyterians
and an errand run away Jew grow side by side.
Tomato paste Italians, knackwurst and borsht  
wafts through the same soupy air,
as the kids play King of the Mountain, 
catapulting Big Boys and Plum tomatoes like missiles 
through the August air they land with a splat.
The only stop action is the distance ringing bell 
from the Good Humor truck 
here on Cherry Tomato Alley.

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  1. Date: 6/2/2010 9:40:00 PM

    Awesome! Congrats.

  1. Date: 6/2/2010 4:18:00 PM

    Hail to the TEACH for winning 1st prize in Laura McKenzie's contest... we all stand and applaud u today for this wonderful win... from pupil personified... so enjoy and I see u struttin' your stuff now ... well deserved win...

  1. Date: 6/2/2010 11:49:00 AM

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Imagination is magnificent in this outstanding creation!!!!!! I'm blown away....(truly!!!). Deserving 1st place??.....you betcha !!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 6/2/2010 11:11:00 AM

    Deborah~ CONGRATULATIONS on winning first place in my contest! Laura :)

  1. Date: 2/1/2010 1:59:00 PM

    Congratulations on your honourable mention in this "Home" contest!

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 8:14:00 AM

    Congratulations Deborah, on your Honorable Mention in The Rambling Poet’s “Home” Mini-Poetry contest with these entertaining, warm words. (I had a beautiful lemon tree full of blooms in the house that I raised my children.) I came home and the tree was stripped...lemons in the streets and everywhere... I can envision your poem. Your talent has placed you in the winners circle. Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 4:58:00 PM

    Very nice, Deborah. I especially like the way you bring all of the diverse culture together in this neighborhood. Congratulations on your success in the contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/29/2010 12:13:00 PM

    Much different from my farm home in North Dakota but happy and that is what matters. Congratulations. joyce

  1. Date: 1/28/2010 11:06:00 PM

    Congratulations on your success in the contest. Mind blowing!!!

  1. Date: 5/27/2009 7:11:00 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on being a winner in Johns contest, a lovely written piece...kindest thoughts, Anna-Marie.

  1. Date: 5/24/2009 1:24:00 PM

    I love this =) Congrats on your well-deserved win!

  1. Date: 5/24/2009 6:47:00 AM

    Wow - this is awesome! Warmest congrats Debbie on your most well deserved big win in John's contest! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 5/24/2009 12:32:00 AM

    Congrats on your success in John's contest Debbie. Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 5/23/2009 6:06:00 PM

    A big congratulations for your win, Debbie! Wonderful poem!!! :)

  1. Date: 3/5/2009 4:42:00 AM

    I liked this. It took me back. Our neighborhood consisted of Lithuanians, Polish, Irish, Italians, Germans, Dutch, Czechoslovakians, Yugoslavians, Greeks, Puerot Ricans, and a few others. One thing we had in common was we all spoke English. We were neighbors. We cared about each other. We should have built mor bridges but as we got more affluent, we built fences. Great write, wonderful days. Vince

  1. Date: 2/22/2009 6:00:00 PM

    Your imagery is awesome in this, Deb. It sounds like a wonderful and place to be on an August afternoon! Well done, my friend! Love, Robin

  1. Date: 2/22/2009 11:22:00 AM

    This was so well described and the imagery classic! The little imaginary world created in a childs mind offset by the surrounding suburban cul-de-sac setting...intertwing the neighborhood melting pot was also very well versed! Nicely done! Much love, Steve