Give us this day our daily bread (Lunchtime Contemplations)



 Give us this day our daily bread (Lunchtime Contemplations)

I study the Roti before me,
Scattered with flecks of bran,
Some darkened by the hot griddle,
The grooves and ridges of its surface,
A faint memory of the recent contact,
With the table and the rolling pin,
That stretched and shaped,
The cardinality of its essence,
And gave it the form that is before me.

A universe of million inflections,
A fabric of bran and flour,
Finitely locked in nuances,
Of the infiniteness of Space and Time,
And overflowing with goodness.
This essence of Energy,
Will nourish and strengthen me,
As I move on to do the will,
Of the one who provides for me.

Is your Love providence?
Is your providence divine?
I asked as a young spikelet,
Dancing in the summer sun,
Plucked on ripening,
And crushed by loud mills,
Into singular inexistence,
And measured into a measured existence,
Into someone or something else.

Pulverized into singularity,
The Earth, the Sun, the Rain and Sea,
Now a lost collective memory,
Of life fleeing to meet purpose,
And reason running to give life,
Leavening, kneading, proving,
And rising as one golden loaf,
In Life’s hot, passionate ovens,
Given by the Master to the mendicant,
who prays, “Give us this day our daily bread.”


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Author: Charlie Bottle

Charlie Bottle's passion is poetry. He has lived on three continents, speaks five languages and loves different cultures, people, music and food. He believes that "Poetry uses the economy of words to express the essence of our humanity." It is this magical use of brevity to express the profound that drew him to poetry. While his professional and personal life has pulled him in different directions, He continues in his discipleship of the craft and writes whenever the muse moves him. While English is his second language it is the language in which he lives, breathes, thinks and writes poetry.