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Brown Bread©
by Lisa A Stafford
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Poem taken from "At Home on the Edge©" - a collection of poems


Mama had some bread in the oven –
Brown bread.
That morning I’d watched her knead
And roll the dough with her
Soft, pale hands.
The brown dough stuck to her fingers,
And gathered under her nails like
Dirt from the garden.
That evening, when the bread
Was golden brown and sat
Displayed between the
White meat of turkey
And bland green beans,
Papa wouldn’t touch it.
He just eyed her offering scornfully,
Mumbling about them hanging
Nigger-lovers and killing half-breeds.
Mother fidgeted nervously but
Bravely ate a slice.
She chewed it slowly,
Relishing its flavor.
Father’s eyes never left her.
When she’d swallowed it down,
He rose and slapped her soundly
Once then twice.
Crying, Mama wrapped her arms
Around her belly,
While I prayed silently for God to
Save the bastard child.

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Reviewed by Z McClure
This elicited an uneasiness in me; I found myself feeling sad for the mother and the hidden drama lived out around the brown bread. Very, very good treatment of a painful subject, Lisa.

Reviewed by Afrika Abney
A deep emotional and powerful write. Thank you for sharing.
Reviewed by John Leko
...sad pen...a slice of life...not found in bread...enriched with visual images...of something more...inside.
wonderful expressive write here Lisa...
Reviewed by Connie Faust
So much tension in this home....the emotions are so thick, I feel like I'm in that kitchen silently watching the drama being played out.

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Reviewed by Lavendar Jazz
Whoa, I really like this... You have a nice way of playing on words.
Reviewed by Chris Wright
Wow, what a twist. I have to give you some props on this one. It was so vivid and paints some of our past so perfectly! Great Write Indeed!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
Two in a row that you have aced . . . See what you are doing? . . . You're posting such gems, that when I come here daily I will be expecting yet another one . . . Doesn't that intimade you? . . . LOL . . . Yet another slice of life as we know it . . .
Reviewed by Paul Berube

Welcome to The Den. Your poem, "Brown Bread" was not what I was expecting. I did find it sad but open and honest. I wish I had the power to change the ways of the world. Peace, Love and Blessings Always, Paul.
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