Sunday, November 25, 2012

Half A Loaf By Kay Ryan

The whole loaf's loft
is halved in profile,
Like the standing side
of a bombed cathedral.
The cut face
of half a loaf
puckers a little.
The bread cells
are open and brittle
like touching coral.
It is nothing like the middle
of an uncut loaf,
nothing like a conceptual half
which stays moist.
I say don't
adjust to half
unless you must.

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