Posts Tagged ‘nourishment’

Two Loaves




Oh, this alchemy of wheat,

salt, water, yeast and heat.

Something so holy about the art


of transforming grain into loaves,

how the scent of the baking infuses

the whole house with earthy incense.


I whisper poems into the bread,

sing to it as it rises, as it rests.

I think of every other woman,


every other man who, for over 14,500 years,

has kneaded and shaped the living dough.

I imagine all of us, flour on our cheeks,


pressing our hands into service,

all of us certain of one thing:

we are called to feed each other.

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The garden rows are visible now,

the slender shoots of carrots,


the succulent leaves of calendula,

the curly beginnings of kale—


after many years these first green shapes

feel like old friends.


I greet them as I walk the rows,

tell them they are doing fine.


And then there are the gaps

between the sprouts, the places


where I can only guess about

why the seeds don’t grow.


A lack of water? Planted too deep?

A shadow? A dud of a seed? A slug?


Of course I take it personally

and wonder what else I should have done.


And then I pull out the extra seeds

and fill in the spots where there is no green.


There is no use in blaming. Just plant the seed

where nothing is growing. It’s so simple,


the task, so lacking in blame.

There are gardens in me begging


for me to do the same—to notice

where there is failure to thrive,


and to seed again, then bring water,

bring nourishment, wait.





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you, the traveler

thirsting in the desert

and me, the whisky

wishing I could be

your water

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