As I butter the bread for morning toast,
its symmetry and perfect slices
makes me long to bake bread.
yeast and flour, dusty white clouds
drifting across the counter.
I can feel the satisfying sensation
of kneading supple dough-
its heft and lightness of air filling
the essence of leavened life.
I will form
the fragrant dough into strong rectangular
loaves for slicing or long legged baguettes,
perfect for sharing around a pasta dinner,
crowded with friends and family.
Or maybe it becomes
unkempt round loaves, rustic and comforting.
Baked in the fire,
the crust of this earth will be mottled
or seeded with the tiniest bit of burnt edges,
from having been left in the hot oven,
for just that moment too long,
when I was waiting for the next word to rise.
What great images of bread–a satisfying and delicious poem.
Bread — true bread — is an inspiration isn’t it, a symbol perhaps of perfection. At least that was how I saw it in a poem of my own called Master Baker, and I think you’ve caught that spirit here beautifully.
this brings bk memories of my MOM making breakfast for me growing up/she is gone to Heaven now but will never forget the love she had for me n me for her
Enjoyed the last part.. burnt edges on the crust of the earth!
Oh you made me long for fresh bread…..and I especially love the ending where you are waiting for “the next word to rise”. Perfect!
Particularly lovely. Reminds me of my granny’s homemade bread.
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