Last Walls is a partnership between Thiscene Media and If Walls Could Talk. Every week, organizer Melizarani T. Selva gives us one of her favorite poems from the last If Walls Could Talk and we put it up on the site.

This poem was performed at IF WALLS COULD TALK vol. 29 feat Muhammad Haji Salleh & Heerraa, on Thursday, February 9, 2017. 


Breaking Bread

by Cat Brogan


Sometimes you just need a starter,
A push, to get the line to flow,
To get the dough to grow,
A leg up, a tuner for the key,
An introduction to the crew

And after that, it’s up to you
To mix, kneed, fold,
Pay attention to time, heat, humidity
And watch it rise
From something as simple as flour, starter, water
Into something so tasty it’s gone in half an hour

And then you’re the keeper of the culture,
Entrusted with the starter
That must be kept living,
Refrigerated or fed,
Divided and used

Or thrown in the absence of a recipient
When time will not allow space or tools
To make use of magic jars
Passed down the generations.

This bread of life that is living
In the rhythm of your knuckles,
In the sweat of your song,
In the tap of your heel as you keep tradition
Breathing, bubbling, rising.



Cat Brogan is a poet and spoken word educator who can’t get enough of Malaysia.

If Walls Could Talk is a live poetry night at Gaslight Cafe, Plaza Damansara, every second Thursday of the month.