Sonnet #17

And this is how to make a loaf of bread
Begin with patience, time, an oven, flour
Water, salt, and yeast. A sturdy bowl, to knead
Put everything together bit by bit, hour by hour
Begin with just a little flour, water yeast, to rise
They call this Biga, feed it when it’s foamed
Add a little bit of everything until you find
The dough is rich and thick and grown
It should feel like clay that won’t let go.
Let it rest. Read a book. Write a poem.
Punch it down, the hot oven, the stone
Write another poem, leave the oven alone
When it’s done, it will sound hollow with a tap
Like a cabinet sounds, wait half an hour to unwrap

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