A Loaf Of Bread – Reflection

A Loaf Of Bread – Reflection on Akiane Kramarik’s poem A Loaf Of Bread page 6 Part 1 of Akiane’s book of poems My Dream Is Bigger Than I Memories of Tomorrow.   “You will need your own copy of this book to view the full text of this poem. I limit quotes for the purpose of discussion and to follow copyright guidelines that allows for limited quotes.”

This poem consists of two stanzas with five lines each. The words of this poem are very profound and very deep surpassing even my own understanding. Akiane was only 7 years old when she penned this poem. Lyrical prose and poetry oftentimes has many dimensions. Like watching a 3D movie yet better still as there are numerous interpretations to be had from poetry. The Poem A Loaf Of Bread at first glance sounds very plain and about bread which can be dull or boring or exciting if you are very hungry. The first stanza talks about “Straining the peace” and “leaving lilies between your rivers” This is very lyrical. To me the person speaking in this poem is a little child who is like a lily left to die in rivers of blood via surgical abortion or contraception if the baby could not implant. The second stanza is very telling it talks about “you saved just a crumb” and how that crumb is like a “loaf” to the child who is starved for love and left to die. This stanza speaks about “turning like the wind towards your love.” The you in this poem is the mother of the child who has forgotten her child. The crumb of love means the world to the helpless child who has no say in his her fate. This is left to the mother who can destroy this baby at any stage from conception to the 9th month in many cases.

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