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Lay for the Day
16th May

The feast of St Honoratus, patron saint of cakemakers. From the book of Praises:

26. Of a Chocolate Croissant

Thou flaky fruit of bakers’ fertile skill,
Which hideth in thy heart a dark delight –
In penury I haste to purchase still
Thy golden form that makes the morning bright,
This first black coffee’s perfect paramour.

In despite of the envious eyes’ purview,
And other tongues, embittered as my lips,
My sweet, do close on thine, renew
Each day for me thy glorious eclipse –
Thy crescent swell my belly evermore!

John Gibbens
from Collected Poems

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