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Food Comes Alive

This Halloween several fruits and a couple of vegetables came back from dead to tell their horrifying stories.

Story and photos by Tamriko Bardadze - tbardadze@gmail.com
Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Natasha, Beat, Russia.
It still remains a mystery how Natasha, originally from Siberia, was brought to the United States. Due to extreme cold weather, she went into a coma while being carried from a supermarket.
“Everything was a blur. The last thing I remember is being picked from the shelf. Someone pulled me by my hair out of the bunch. I was excited, but also scared. I didn’t want anything to happen to my beautiful hair. It was freezing outside, after a minute I stopped feeling my body and passed out.”
Natasha came back to life only to realize that she is in a strange unknown country and her beautiful hair is gone forever.

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Patrick, Pear, United States.
“I was always very conscious about my looks. I grew up on an organic farm near Manhattan. My biggest dream was to see the city, to feel its energy and to be consumed by the person who shares my dreams and values. My faith shook when I got to the shelf and saw thousands of other well rounded perfectly shaped fruits around me. Nonetheless, I caught a lucky break and was picked by a kid who reached out to me from the stroller while his mommy turned away. I was happy and excited, but not for long.”
Patrick was dropped on the ground two blocks from the store. He was kicked to the curb and rotted there several weeks before he died. He refused to show his face.

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Azik, Pomegranate, Uzbekistan.
“I was confiscated at the airport and put in a room full of fruits and vegetables. I was happy to be there, I thought I’d make friends. Then a person came, Uzbekistani guy, I knew, I could tell by his looks. He started destroying everything. I have never seen so much horror in my life! Fruits and vegetables all shredded, smashed and pureed right in front of me… [cries] Then he picked me… he looked at me, and I saw it in his eyes that he knew I was from his native country. He cracked me open and brought me close to his mouth. Looked like he was going to eat me, but then someone walked in to the room. And he threw me into the corner where I rotted in anger. I wish I could meet this guy again.”

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

William, Peach, United States.
“I fell in love with a peach next to me while growing on a tree. We’ve been together since the beginning. We felt the wind on our skins together; we moved with symmetry and touched each other softly. Once it blew too strong and I fell on the ground. I was torn from my tree and from my love. I lay on the ground looking at her from the bottom. Then she was taken away with the rest of the peaches, and I stayed on the ground. My heart was taken with her, and I didn’t even know I had a heart. It was a long and horrible death. By the time I passed I was no better than a stone.”

Passion Fruits

Forever shared love,
Forever shared passion.
We are two passion fruits,
Who grow on the same tree,
Right next to each other.

When wind blows our soft skins touch,
Putting us in ecstasy;
Filling us with sweetness and helping us grow.

Every night we see the same dream:
We melt into one another,
Burn in passion and vanish.

We live on this tree,
To inspire each other’s love and desire.
And to one day fall on the ground together,
Fulfilling our purpose.

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Photo © Tamriko Bardadze

Bob, Eggplant, United States.
“It was a Thanksgiving dinner, and I was lucky to be a part of it. A vegan family picked me up, and I was feeling proud that I would be the main course. When we were all brought to the house, I was ready to be washed off and peeled. All other eggplants were taken from the bag and it was awfully long before the hands reached for me. I almost lost hope, but it was happening. There was so much stir around us! I heard so many voices and was trying to guess which “voice” would have me on his/her plate. Then the hands that were peeling me stopped and set me aside in the sink. I heard the preparations continue on. Then the guests came, all the food was ready and served. There was no doubt by then that I was simply forgotten in the sink, talking to myself and feeding the fruit flies. It was the saddest day of my life”
Bob was thrown away half peeled, he died in the dumpster meditating on the only happy memory he had—his excitement about being someone’s main course.

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