Fried Green Tomato Heart


The outside, crispy, fried, like onion ring
The inside, tangy meat, and juicy sweet
Dinner fare of both southern peasant, king
All dignity’s table, dine and meet
Round picnic tables, cloth-covered, and sing
Raise arms, clink cups, laugh deep, tap the feet.
Under shady pines–it’s where they taste best
In picnic summers, delectable fest.

Those southern fried-grown, they’re all taught to know
From Alabama’s deep, innermost heart
Is where this knowledge, preserved, doth flow
Where humble green debuted, made its first start
A secret kept, prepared, wins best of show,
Tethered to land, may she never depart.
If stolen, then summoned, called back home
And guarded, protected– subject of poem.

Now if it’s the homegrown should try to leave
‘Twill be summoned back to her native land,
Won’t make it past Kentucky, rolling green
Where she’ll be stopped– nowhere else loved as grand,
Cause in Alabama, she’s truly free.
The Appalachians themselves lend a hand,
They move aside, divide, letting her pass
Till she nestles down soft, in home-sweet grass.

And the Alabama folks, they all know
To leave a spot empty on dinner plate
For the humble and proud green tomato
To settle down, and live, beside her mate.
Fried green tomato hearts really can’t go
It is their destiny, ultimate fate
To reside beside where they’re meant to be–
Smack dab between ribs and sweetened iced tea.

June 1, 2011
all rights reserved, Anna @ path of treasure 2011
{I’ve had this poem simmering for several weeks, and finally attempted  a re-write in Ottava Rima, based on the information shared on Monday’s Poetry Forms tutorial at OneStop… it’s my first attempt at this form… and I’m not sure what I did right, and what I did wrong. Whew! Hats off to those of you who do this regularly! Thanks for reading.}
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5 Responses to Fried Green Tomato Heart

  1. Pat Hatt says:

    You made this dish sound rather swell
    Although food and me don’t get along well
    Down in Alabama sounds like they eat this by the heap
    Glad I came to take a peep
    As the weeks of simmering were well spent
    That of course is just my one cent

  2. brian says:

    mmm…i am from the south and yes i know the taste of that tomato…mmm…and tomato sandwiches…pining for the summer here…

  3. ayala says:

    mmm sounds yummy 🙂

  4. Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, this reads good. I can smell it and taste it. Well done in a super way.

  5. Fred says:

    One word Delicious:) I’ve spent much time down south over the years, including Alabama. This piece reconnected me back to those travels. I always would come home and everyone would always ask me about what weird unusual food I tried. Thanks for posting this, now I’m hungry, good thing it’s almost lunchtime:)

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