Messing around with gender images.

For Matthew

It seems commonplace,
this stuff of life,
appearing every day
as a miracle of yeast.

Your body rises beneath
the pressure of my fingertips,
your clean, pure skin
both supple and firm.

I bury my nose in the fragrant,
steaming heart of it
seeking what I may devour,
so tenderly fed.

But bread is more than something
I take in my mouth
for pleasure or nourishment.
You are more
than that soft scented triangle
where hair meets flesh.

You are more than texture or taste;
your body is as much a symbol
as my new-made loaf.

My father was a priest.
One Sunday a month he held up a roll
and scattered crumbs
from the transformative cleft;

birthing a moment
when mutilated wheat
became something else.

I feed on your love;
our small communion.
Your body so warm; a miracle
of damage, moisture, steam.

Both eater and eaten,
we are transformed.


About Bethany W Pope

Bethany W Pope is an award winning author of the LBA, and a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Awards. Her work was listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel Competition. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program. Her first poetry collection, A Radiance was published by Cultured Llama Press in June. Her second collection, Persephone in the Underworld has been accepted by Rufus Books and shall be released in 2016. Her work has appeared in: Anon, Art Times, Ampersand, Blue Tattoo, Sentinel Quarterly, The Delinquent, De/Tached (an anthology released by Parthian), The Writer’s Hub, New Welsh Review, Every Day Poems, And Other Poems, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Magma, Words & Music, The Quarterly Conversation, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Planet. Her work is due to appear in the next issues of Poetry Review Salzburg, Acumen, Pacific Poetry , Music& Literature, Anon, and The Screech Owl.

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