You Look Like a Tomato - a poetic story about the power of words

in The Ink Well9 months ago

You Look Like a Tomato


(Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash)

I remember the first time
I ran a timed mile
It was in middle school
And I ran like the wind

6 minutes 14 seconds
First in the whole class
Hot and sweaty and proud
My face beamed with joy

I got to my next class
Feeling good about myself
Until my teacher cast out words
That changed my life

“You look like a tomato!”
My teacher said
And the students laughed
Along with her

A seemingly innocent comment
Splintered into my teenage mind
The start of believing
Something is wrong with me
So I told myself:

Don’t try so hard next time
Take it down a notch
Do everything you can
To hide the color of red
That can’t seem to help
But bleed through
The skin of your cheeks

But no matter how I ran
How slow or how fast
In the heat or in the cool
My cheeks would blush
And a tomato I would become

The red of my face
Became the face of failure
The face of shame
The face of defeat

I stopped running.

Years and years later
While living abroad in China
I started running again

It was then that I received
A beautiful and unexpected gift
A redeeming comment
That washed away the wound

I had just gotten back from a long run
And I was red
Yes, I looked like a tomato
My friend saw me and said:

Wow your face is amazing!
You have such good circulation!
My face never changes color!

A different perspective
I had never thought of before
Because I was blinded by the shame
That the past had contained

But now I proudly claim:

I am not ashamed to look like a tomato!

When you see the red in my cheeks
I want you to know
This is the face of success
This is the face of hard work
This is a face worthy to be seen

Yes, I look like a tomato
Thank you for noticing.

© Breanna Lowman 2020

Hi Breanna, thank you for such lovely poetry, really enjoyed it and it is a truth it is important to be able to see "the other side of medal"

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Metaphors are the best friends of poetry. Really beautiful :)