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Brown-Crusted Bread

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 18, 2011

Brown-Crusted Bread

By Eva Willes Wangsgaard

When you eat brown-crusted bread
Think of sun and rain;
But remember, willing backs
Bent to gather grain.

When you make the snowy loaf
Golden-rich with butter,
Think of milkers in the cold
Barns where lanterns sputter.

When the bread is being passed,
One plate to another,
Offer thanks that sun-browned hands
Feed an unknown brother.

(1946)



6 Comments »

  1. I like this. It really does make me think about where the grain and butter or milk comes from. It’s too bad that most young people today have no clue where or how their food is grown.

    Comment by Maurine — October 18, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  2. Smile

    Comment by Jennifer J — October 18, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

  3. I’m going to print this off for my SILs! We all farm as our husbands are partners. We grow mostly alfalfa for hay but use wheat as a rotation crop. We literally use the wheat we grew to grind into flour and make good wholesome bread. And our husbands’ grandfather owned a dairy. Perfect combo!

    Comment by Chocolate on my Cranium — October 18, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

  4. I think I’ll go make some bread!

    Comment by Cliff — October 18, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

  5. Makes me hungry, too.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 18, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

  6. Beautiful.

    Comment by HokieKate — October 18, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

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