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Pesto: A Sonnet

August 28, 2012

Takes longer to write a sonnet than it does to make the great, green elixir......and longer still to savor a plate of it on fettucine.....




The basil—green, fresh-washed and dried,

The oil virgin to the core,

Garlic and cheese, both well-applied

Are all you need and nothing more.



That is, unless you want it more enriching

with toasted and chopped-fine pignoli.

Add butter, softened—so bewitching--

Cracked pepper makes the pesto holy.



You whir the leaves in your machine,

Then pour the fragrant, golden oil

Into a maelstrom basil-green--

Et voila! Here's pesto, rich and royal!



Now all give thanks for summer’s splendor!

(And cook your pasta just till tender.)

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I'm a writer, yoga teacher, Lutheran pastor, and music nerd living in New York. I find a feast in daily living - most days, anyway - and write about it here. 

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