Gluten-free Bread


Yes, it is possible: to make gluten-free bread, but

Be forewarned: it will not taste the same, and

The handling of it, the kneading of it strange.


The dough will resist meeting the bowl’s side.

Your floured hands will not receive the accustomed welcome.

Your floured fingers will find themselves wrestling

An adhesive that, in the end, will  yield

Only to force majeur.


Yes, gluten-free dough will rise, but with reluctance,

As if its yeast  were on probation, but

In fairness, the baking of gluten-free bread will go fairly well.

The loaf will brown nicely enough, and

It will bless your kitchen with a healthy smell.


--April 20, 2013