The Summer Sun has burned the crop of wheat.
The ears of corn have ripened on the stalk.
We pick and grind them to make a treat
Formed from the four elements; yet we balk:
How can air and earth and water and fire
Come to form this alchemical loaf?
What is it in this world that it so transpires
That the basest elements become both
Simple and complex, an ordinary
Marvel, a whole more than the sum of its parts?
What spirits hide in the air extraordinary
That raise this lowly dough into an art?
This is the staff of life formed from the dead,
The living magic, the simple loaf of bread.
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