by Devon Balwit
As when it was my turn to bake
the communion loaf and I failed
to see the weevils in the flour
until after, back at home, appalled,
hoping none noticed, in the shared
moment of partaking of the Body
of Christ, the wiggling grubs,
this cabbage on the market table
cups green leaves around a secret,
that which, in all of us, is pestilential.
Devon Balwit teaches in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. She has 6 chapbooks and 3 collections out in the world, and her work can be found widely both on-line and in print journals.
Pieces Inspired by this Image
'The Last Lettuce'
'The Value of Shadows'
'A Balanced Musical Diet'