Big, round red tomatoes
Sit beside a cutting board
With the sharpest, serrated knife I own
I cut hem in half, then half these
Gut the pulp
Lay the juicy, red strips on a screen
Set it in full sunshine
Cover with netting
No insects permitted
Hot days are best for evaporation
It may take three or four days
The day star will do its work
No electric dehydrator for me.
These leathery almost sightless strips
Shrunken and dry
Are ready for February
When you bring the sunlight back.
He has published two books; THE NISSEQUOGUE RIVER: A JOURNEY and HIDDEN AGENDA; A POETRY JOURNEY.He has also published many essays and poems in such journals as the Long Island Forum and The Long Islander.