Tara Labovich :: “[A TOMATO IS A GASP]”

a tomato is a gasp
in the leaves. 
a succulent, a prayer 
in a sheaf. 
in the august garden
the reaching for hvn 
never stops, it’s been built
into me. i heard once 
that the point
of life is pain. 
a shadow, 
the darkening 
carving out the edge of de-
into the nectarean, like tomato 
juice carves green’d
rivers down my arm
when i bite, 
how i shiver, 
how the cold 
spoons the heat.


Tara Labovich is a multigenre writer and an MFA candidate. Their work centers on questions of ancestry, queerness, survivorship, and creative community.