Gareth L Evans

Gareth L Evans

Posted on 08/16/2013

Photo taken on August 16, 2013

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Strand Tomatoes

Strand Tomatoes
The Strand is beautiful with buses,
Fat and majestical in form,
Red like tomatoes in their trusses
In August, when the sun is warm.

They cluster in the builded chasm,
Corpulent fruit, a hundred strong,
And now and then a secret spasm
Spurs them a yard or two along.

Scarlet and portly and seraphic,
Contented in the summer's prime,
They beam among the jumbled traffic,
Patiently ripening with time,

Till, with a final jerk and rumble,
The Strand tomatoes, fat and fair,
Roll past the traffic lights and tumble
Gleefully down Trafalgar Square

'Buses On The Strand' by RP Lister: (1914 - )

I really wanted to illustrate this delightful poem and hung around on various Strand corners trying to get the sot. The light was going and I was walking to the tube when - voila - there they were. the phantoms of the Strand Tomatoes

Shuttering Yukon, Diana Australis, Jon Downs have particularly liked this photo

Jon Downs
Jon Downs
the colours are fabulous in this
wonderful sky too
nicely done indeed
4 years ago.
Diana Australis
Diana Australis
I love the is so visually funny, and I love the tomato metaphor...
Your photo more than does it justice, Gareth,
4 years ago.
wonderful photo to this poem +++++
4 years ago.
Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
the strand tomatoes are awesome, I have never seen a double decker one! But I am drawn to that wonderful row of buildings!
4 years ago.