Proof of life

My sweet potato
Gently pushed though a sieve
I cool the fragrant waters of your transformation

I always say never be lukewarm
But this time it’s essential
The yeast is delicate
And you must rise
My love

Now alive
In a chorus of possibility
Of butter and salt

Honey and spice

These simple things
Flour, oats and milk
You never knew
How they would soothe you

As the warmth of my grandmother’s kitchen
Returns to claim these hands

Sticky and elastic
A few minutes on a lightly floured surface
And you become
So soft

Placed in a clean bowl
And protected from draught
Now begins the proving process

In which you double in size
At room temperature
And I will know
And be reassured

That some things really are
What someone told me they would be

For when trust is so shattered
The soul becomes a child
Dependent on small things
To help it remember
And continue

I wait for proof
And when it appears
This broken part of me
That I cannot touch in any other way
Readjusts its position

Now to knead again
To shape and to place you
In a buttered
To cover with a tea towel
And prove again

Perhaps this time to really believe

Preheat oven to 200°
And wait

For 25-30 minutes
Then reduce the heat to 180°
Remove from the tin
Brush with glaze
And bake on a tray for 10-15 minutes

Let the cool air calm you
Share your warmth
Release your fragrance
And be satisfied

And not walk in front of a bus
Or tumble while climbing in the rain
On the cliffs by your house

Just for this moment
Know what’s required of you

Try to remember

Proof of life


Sydney, Australia

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Artist's Description

½ large sweet potato
65ml potato cooking water
½ tablespoon dried yeast
20g butter, melted
½ teaspoon salt
325g flour
75g oatmeal
155ml milk
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons spice (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg)
1 tablespoon water to glaze

November 2008

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