Hallelujah at the Sioux Falls Airport
At the bar at the Joe Foss Field
AN OLD ICELANDIC RECIPE
Start with the square heavy loaf
Steamed a whole day in a hot spring
Until the coarse rye, sugar, yeast
Grow dense as a black hole of bread.
Let it age and dry a little,
Then soak the old loaf for a day
In warm water flavored
With raisons and lemon slices.
Boil 'til it is thick as molasses.
Pour into a flat white bowl.
Ladle a dollop of whipped cream
To melt into its brown belly.
This soup is alive as any animal
And the yeast and cream and rye
Will sing inside you after eating
For a long time.