New Christmas Poem: The Christmas Loaf

The Christmas Loaf

is a year in the baking

is stuffed with good things

raisins and ginger

cinnamon and nutmeg

almonds and clove.

is long in the kneading

pummelled and rolled

folded and pummelled

again until yeast is blended

and can begin its work.

is cosseted in its proving

kept by the radiator

tucked into its bowl

with a snowy tea towel,

given time to grow.

is aromatic in its baking

turning golden in the oven.

Is brought to the table,

broken between us shared

and is gone.

Angela Topping


Wishing you all a very joyous Christmas and Yuletide Festival.


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