Bread of Life by Brian Beatty

The baker crawled inside his oven

to test his faith. Or so he told me.

It was deadly dark and hot with that heavy door

shut tight behind him.


Too dark and hot for his idea of Jesus,

he was afraid. I chose to take his word for it.

After he finished his cautionary tale


we shared a loaf of bread out of the same oven.

I watched closely how he buttered it.


He was a god with a knife.

Brian Beatty
Brian Beatty

Brian Beatty is the author of two recent poetry collections, Brazil, Indiana (Kelsay Books, 2017) and Coyotes I Couldn’t See (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016). His writing has also been featured in public art projects and on public radio. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.