1986
The Ritual
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“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.