Noel Holston

A poem about life, death, tomatoes, product placement, and rebirth

Southern-style tomato sandwich photo by Martha Jean Winkelstein


I want to be a sacrament

When I die

Mix my ashes with garden soil, Miracle Gro

Put us in the plot I tilled and tended every spring

Plant tomatoes — Beefsteaks, Better Boys and Brandywines

Water well

And when we ripen

Slice us thick and lay us out good white bread slathered with mayonnaise

Preferably Hellman’s, though Duke’s or Blue Pate will do

Salt, pepper, lettuce, the latter optional of course

Take a big bite

Think of me

Wash me down with cold, whole milk or a Barq’s root beer


I am back in circulation



So are fire departments in general, but this one in Nebraska is special

Bellevue Fire Department, Distrct 3 Station. Photo by Noel Holston

On a rise along 110th Street in Bellevue, Nebraska, the state’s oldest city, now an Omaha suburb, sits one of the coolest firehouses you’ll ever see.

Actually, it wasn’t built more than 100 years ago to be a a firehouse. It’s a great example of adaptive re-use that has been added onto to accommodate big, modern trucks.

It also, as the photo gallery below demonstrates, has been painted and detailed like a minimalist masterpiece.



Noel Holston

Noel Holston

Writer, photographer, tunesmith, skeptic, shortstop, gadfly, woodsman, neatnik. Lives in the South. Email Noel at