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Bless this Bagel by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Bless this Bagel

by Shirley Geok-lin Lim

published in Walking Backwards (West End Press)

Bless this bagel this Sunday morning,

Stark cold, week-old, toasted crisp.

Bless this toaster humming, electricity

Zipping from pole to pole, wires that power

The flour. Bless the marmalade,

Gold with zest and peel, bitter-sweet

Like this land of oranges and sweat labor.

Bless this thick plain peanut butter

I spread, scraping excess, waging

The difference between greed and pleasure.

Bless the morning, its history

Of pleasures, its lesson of meaning

Of other meanings disappearing

In the frugal love this morning knows.

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