tanka

tanka--
small songs I sing
to join
my voice to other voices
hidden in the grass

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lord God of Bread Dough



Pray to the lord god
of bread dough
that your life rise
like a new loaf
to be eaten warm
with plenty of butter,
salt or sweet.

Pray to the lord god
of bread dough
that when words
with tiny wings
on their shoulders
flutter like strange angels
out of the night air,
you have pockets
full of bread crumbs
to lure them
onto the white page.

Pray to the lord god
of bread dough
that you never
be caught listening
to the left side
of your brain
when the right side
is trying to tell you
something
known only to the yeast.

Pray to the lord god
of bread dough
that you stop needing
and start kneading
until your life
is firm and elastic
and does not stick
to anything at all.

Praise to the lord god
of bread dough
for unseen bubbles
that leaven this eternal flatness
into the delectable
multiplicity of forms.
Savor every crust.

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