Toast

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By Renee Walker

Toast is what I am
Kneaded by God
And left to rise—
Then pressed
And pulled
And pushed around
Till I shape up
Into the loaf
I am—
Baked raw
Until done
Crusty
Somewhat firm—
Enough to be sliced
Cut
Torn apart—
Break this bread,
And please give the crumbs
To the birds.

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