I Saw Jesus in a Tomato by Sue Finch

I Saw Jesus in a Tomato

I was at my nan’s
and there he was 
rocking to steadiness
in a halved tomato 
next to a rough cuboid of cheese.
When I showed her she nodded,
murmured affirmation,
but I wonder did she really see him?
Maybe her eyes were like mine are now.
 
I ate him.
He was a woody version of grass
as I swallowed him hard
not wanting him to get stuck 
in my throat.
 
No phones then to capture the moment
only a headline in my mind.
When I returned home I told my mum
what I had seen
but I think perhaps she thought I was lying
or had conjured him from my imagination.
 
Months later I worried them all 
in the same room,
nan, grandad, mum, brother.
Quick spit it out,
Get it out of her mouth! I heard 
as the grown ups stood in horror.
They had watched me
bite through the first glass
I had ever been allowed to use there.
All I knew was 
I had been staring at the crucifixes 
I could make from the patterns 
on the new wallpaper.

Bio: Sue Finch’s debut collection, ‘Magnifying Glass’, was published in 2020. She loves the coast and the scent of ice-cream freezers. You can follow Sue on Twitter: @soopoftheday.

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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