Basil, sweet basil, you are a true summer treat.

Straight from the plant is the only way to eat

your tender green leaves on caprese salad or penne,

the uses for you are vast – they are many.

In ice cream or cookies you’re an unexpected flavor,

you make me creative and cause me to savor

the warm summer air and my bare feet in the grass.

I’m pondering ways to store you when autumn comes to pass.