St Brigid and the Baker

Tony Mitton


St Brigid and the Baker

Tony Mitton


Poem introduction

St Brigid of Ireland has had many miracle stories told about her. Often these show her to be kind and generous. Sometimes she manages to increase food and drink to feed unexpected guests. For it was said that, as a young cow-girl, Brigid could draw more milk from a cow than anyone else. She has a special way with animals.

St Brigid and the Baker

As Brigid was walking
the old narrow track
she passed by a baker
with bread in his sack.

She put out a hand
from the fold of her cloak,
and these are the words
she softly spoke:

“Please give me a loaf
for my sisters and me,
and we’ll share it tonight
as we sit to our tea.”

But the baker, he muttered
and shook a mean head.
“If you want to eat, sister,
then bake your own bread.”

She looked in his eyes then,
but all that she found
was a stare that was hard
as the stones on the ground.

So Brigid passed quietly
along the hard track
as the bread turned to stone
on the baker’s back.


from Plum (Barn Owl Books 1998), © Tony Mitton 1998, used by permission of David Higham Associates Ltd on behalf of the author

Recordings

Tony Mitton Reading from His Poems

1My Hat

2Instructions for Growing Poetry

3Growing

4The Snake and the Apple

5What is Under?

6Magic Carpet

7St Brigid the Baker

8Forbidden Poem

9Shore Music

10The Selkie Bride

11Bubble Songs

12Secret Passage

13The Minstrel and the Maid

14Little Red Typewriter Ditty

15Nightwriter

16Puzzled Pea

17Stone Circles

18Green Man Lane

19Elegant Elephant Delicatessen

20Night Stairs

21Nits

22Flightpath

23Rainforest Song

24Child from the Future

25I Wanna be a Star

26Dreaming the Unicorn

27Freak Cat-Flea

28Old Noah's Animal Dance-Hall

29Willow Pattern

30Plum

31Grown Out Of

32Pip

33Frog Hops

34Worm Words

35Minibeast Movements

36Tiny Diny

37String

38Twang

39Tissue

40Key

41Tiny and Shiny

42Fluff

43Shell

44Coin

45Bubblegum Balloon

46Lollipop Poem

47The Web

48The Pirate

49Arabian Nights

50Rickerty Train Ride

51Write-a-Rap Rap

52Little Red Rap Rap

53Fol de Rol Rap

54Entrance

55Dunwich

56Yarn

57The Taper

58Shell Villanelle

59Kwan Yin

60Days

61Penny Piece