Summer food

Ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches. They are all here, and we are eating them all. This morning, delicate white Mexican onions crisped with corn kernels, spinach and basil from the garden, and a fried egg in the middle. Is there anything better?

So here’s a tomato poem, also a love poem, also short–three excellent¬†attributes for a poem I want to post. Early Cascade is the name of a tomato, of course:

tomatoEarly Cascade

I couldn’t have waited. By the time you return
it would have rotted on the vine.
So I cut the first tomato into eighths,
salted the pieces in the dusk,
and found the flesh not mealy (like last year)
or bitter,
even when I swallowed the green crown of the stem
that made my throat feel dusty and warm.

Pah. I could have gagged on the sweetness.
The miser accused by her red sums.
Better I had eaten the dirt itself
on this first night in my life
when I have been too busy for my loneliness–
at last, it comes.

Lucia Perillo

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