The Ritual
    Footnotes

    “The Ritual,” Ensign, Aug. 1986, 29

    The Ritual

    Flour:

    fresh, brown,

    pungent.

    Water: body-warm,

    measured with the

    ceremonial cup.

    Live,

    sleeping granuals

    awake, feed, grow.

    Honey, oil, salt,

    ancient meanings

    found anew

    each generation.

    Mixing soft dough:

    push, pull,

    hands deep

    into tradition.

    Working shoulders

    bent over

    a thousand years.

    Palms molding deep,

    touching other

    mighty hands.

    Nurture, roll:

    ancient link

    to sustain, strengthen,

    knead

    generations.