baking (20210409)

there should be a word
for the smell of bread
that you have never baked
but always meant to bake

there should be a way to say
with a single word, three or
four syllables at most
–this is something i have made
something that you can take in
and let it be a part of you
either a whole meal
or just the sideshow
but it is science and alchemy
and biology and earth mother
for you

it should exist as one word
the way the bread is bread
but the crust is hard
savagely so
and the inside chewy
and the scent of yeast
but it is bread
is bread and trying
to divide it into separate dictionary
entries is a sin

6 thoughts on “baking (20210409)”

  1. Oh man! That is so good. The sin of slicing words at the end is fantastic. First stanza is great, and this: “but the crust is hard / savagely so”

      1. I’m lucky in that my wife won’t let me go to bed unless I’ve written my poem. Otherwise I’d successfully put it off forever.

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