Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Even Manna

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Even Manna

Article excerpt

Even manna stops tasting sweet

after so many plates

I said to the Christmas ham,

endlessly succulent,

cold ceramic tile under my bare feet.

The ham stared back at me,

stark in refrigerator light,

oblivious to the lull between holidays

we both occupied.

To twist a carving knife

bathed in honey and salt

in my side,

the ham reminded me of

my famished ancestors crossing the plains.

A pack of gingham-clad

widows of Zarephath

carefully forming the last of their flour

into a simple cake.

Certainly, I said to nobody,

pioneer men proud of their kills

wished some buffalo were

not quite so big.

Certainly there were times

they said silent prayers of thanks

for the brevity of a duck.

For them,

I fix myself a plate of buffalo

for the fifth consecutive meal.

And I pray over my leftovers

but do not ask for fish and loaves

multiplication.

No, but for simple gratitude. …

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