My Own Bursting Heart





Suddenly it is August again, so hot,
breathless heat.
I sit on the ground
in the garden of Carmel,
picking ripe cherry tomatoes
and eating them.
They are so ripe that the skin is split,
so warm and sweet
from the attentions of the sun,
the juice bursts in my mouth,
an ecstatic taste,
and I feel that I am in the mouth of summer,
sloshing in the saliva of August.
Hummingbirds halo me there,
in the great green silence,
and my own bursting heart
splits me with life.
~Anne Higgins “Cherry Tomatoes”  from At the Year’s Elbow




Is there another sensation as blissful as a cherry tomato bursting inside my mouth?
Yes, I can think of one or two.

But never like this, when restoration is needed in the middle of a sweaty hot day, in a garden that needs weeding, when all else feels lost.

Pure gift, this bursting heart.





One thought on “My Own Bursting Heart

  1. I agree! In August/September I scour the local farmers’ markets looking for their fresh homegrown tomatoes. They are usually placed in a bin or flat out on a table, drinking in the sunlight. . I pick one up, waiting for the sensation that is to come: the feel of firmness in my hand and the scent of a REAL tomato as remembered from childhood when food was food – no gimmicks, no GMO, no hothouse trickery – just plain gifts from our Creator-God through the care and hard work of our farmers.
    Some things in life, seemingly small and insignificant and taken for granted, are the very things that make life joyous and reason to be alive. They help to keep us rooted in the reality of what should be!.

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