The first tomato is summer’s gift
delivered when warm nights
follow hot days, and enough
rain falls, but not too much.

The first tomatoes glow red 
under the sun, grow fat 
and happy and sweet. They 
fall into your hand as you pick them.

When the first tomatoes ripen 
buy good white bread, bacon,
lettuce. Set the bacon in the
oven to cook to a perfect crisp

toast the bread to the exact 
degree of brown, slice tomatoes
let them rest on paper towels 
while you spread mayonnaise

on toast, layer bacon, lettuce, 
tomato, slice the sandwich into
triangles, eat for breakfast
every morning for a week.