The Baker

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St. Nicholas: Patron Saint of Bakers, Dandoy Biscuiterie, Brussels, Belgium          Photo: Michael Craske, used by permission

I didn’t know Saint Nicholas was the patron saint of bakers, until today.

Here’s a poem by Tom Williams:

For whom do you harvest?
For whom do you mill?
Who takes the grist the sun has kissed? —and then
With a smile from the miller’s daughter,
And yeast and salt and water,
Who plies the oldest craft that’s known to men?
Who sleeps when day is light?
Who labours through the night?
Who moulds and folds and bakes the crusty rolls?
Like the Man from Galilee,
Making loaves for you and me,
And in his hands the staff of life he holds.

The stalks of wheat have ripened
In the upland fields,
The farmer with his sharpened scythe is there,
And turns the golden grain to grist
With millstone smooth and muscled wrist,
The upland field is stubbled now and bare.
But the baker takes the flour,
And with yeast he adds the power
To raise the creamy dough, all pearly white,
May our daily bread creator,
That we know as, just—the baker,
Be protected by St. Nicholas, day and night.

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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