Languid Lusciousness with Lemon
by Joan Leotta

Languid luscious
lines the tables at the peach vendor
table in the farmer’s market.
Rich with sweetness,
Peaches are waiting
on the sideboard
to be sliced
and impart
with each bite.
Yet, my cook’s instinct
notes those slices will need
a squeeze of lemon
to retain their color
when I fan them out
on the dessert plate.
Life’s sweetness stands out,
is oft best preserved
when accented with tart.

PHOTO: The author as a child thinking about cookies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joan Leotta is an author and story performer. Her books include Giulia Goes to WarLetters from Korea, and A Bowl of RiceVisit her at