Basil can’t know.
Can’t know its own deep spicy fragrance
and how one long sniff of it
can ignite digestive juices
and a breath-long moment of bliss.
Can’t know its own flavor,
the complexities of green that
combined with the oil of olives
and the fresh flesh
of a petal of garlic recently pulled from the earth,
create food for the gods.
Basil just is.
The taking in, the savoring,
the knowing,
is up to us—
our gift to the life
of basil.