BREAD BREAKING

When I hear bread breaking
I see something else.
It seems almost as though God
never meant us to do anything else.

So beautiful a sound,
the crust breaks up like manna
and falls all over everything
and then we eat.

Bread gets inside humans.
It turns into what experts call
the "formal glory of God."

Sometime in your life,
hope that you might see one starved person,
the look on that face
when the bread finally arrives.

Hope that you might have baked it
or bought it
or even needed it for yourself ...
for that look on that face,
for your hands meeting those hands
across a piece of bread
you might be willing
to lose a lot
or suffer a lot --
or die a little,
even.

Daniel Berrigan