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Comfort of Togetherness

Join The Dillydoun Review in celebrating National Poetry Month with

A Poem by Effie Pasagiannis

I like the way we are together now –
compatriots, companions,
clandestine lovers exchanging recipes,
searching for yeast to create

Kneading and breaking bread
in doughy goodness,
we are shattering the silence of our fast
letting our buttered selves slip
through gloved hands
into a new kind of comforting

Is this why I have always loved the rain?
Pelting of glass, windowed song with
blinds open, curtains drawn
for a knowledge that we bathe in it together,
and in this knowing, this being,
a most precious stasis shared,
the NOW that is most certain and
all we will ever have

In this splendor
of exchanging recipes,
we exhaust the noise of all else,
we concentrate while
kneading and breaking bread –
knowing safety in the present
humming our favorite rain day tune,
watching creation rise,
breathing it in.


Effie Pasagiannis is a NYC lawyer, writer & curator. Her poetry has appeared in journals & anthologies, notably in Mantis, Stanford University’s poetry journal (2019). Her first poetry book Anagnorisis was published by Dancing Girl Press in January 2020. Effie is working on a chapbook of villanelles and a short story collection. One of these short stories is being adapted into a feature-length film by Nomadis Images (production slated for Spring 2021). As a curator, Effie brings together artist and writers to collaborate and showcase their work. She looks forward to many more events and readings post-pandemic.