Our Daily Bread

She’s been taking her time,

checking her work,

and finally the finished product sits proudly on the marble counter

all golden brown goodness.

She’s an alchemist: mixing flour, water, salt and yeast.

The sum of those parts bringing forth manna from heaven.

She takes out a beautiful china plate painted with violets,

and carefully places a perfect slice of bread upon it.

Two crystal bowls hold a small orb of pale yellow butter,

the other holds deep purple blackberry preserves.

Next to her plate is a hand-embroidered napkin,

and a heavy silver knife.

She is in no rush.

She wants to create beauty~

to surround her masterpiece with love.

Slowly she carries the tray out to her sun porch

and sits down at a table that over looks her garden.

There are wildflowers in a mason jar,

and the scent of honeysuckle in the air.

She spreads the bread with butter and jam,

and takes her first bite~

chewing slowly,

savoring every bit,

Sheer bliss.

© annettealaine-2013

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