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Leavening by Gwen Hilton

Bread is broken with hands
The butter knife is used
To put butter on the plate first
It is an issue of etiquette
It is an issue of community
I washed my hands in the bathroom
You demanded a boarding house reach
Someone unwashed
held the bread in their hands
To cut the bread that I hadn’t touched
To put the knife to the bread
After you put your hands on it
We don’t talk about disease in the air
We share long tables at a family joint
What do you think I have
What do you think I’m host to
What makes you unable to
break bread with me

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