, Gloucester, MA


November 26, 2012

Supermarket Tomatoes

An idea hatched and grew.

Page one turned into page eleven

A story with words, full of color and flavor

like the tomato plants my father and I grew last August —

ripe and sweet

bursting with the fresh taste of summer.

An idea hatched and grew.

I brought my twenty-plus page manuscript to my Writer’s Workshop

The professor crossed out, revised, removed

She sucked the taste right out of it

What once was flavorful became flavorless —

robbed and stripped of its essence.

Twenty-something pages turned into only a few —

bland and artificial

like supermarket tomatoes.

Emily daSilva


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