Luke 10:38-42

bread

What to do with her hands
in front of this unexpected guest?
So she makes incorrigible pastries
of coaxing and folding;
mixes honey and nuts with frowning delicacy.

Like the woman who waits for the doctor
talking to strangers of recipes and cures.
Or the sick woman marshalling pillows;
details of the living to push away death.

Martha fusses to feed,
her embarrasses hands busy.
For if she sat down
she’d fly out the window
on overcome wings.

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