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By David Baker

It was midday before we noticed it was morning.

The boy cousins brought us a tray—soup and cheese,

warm soda, and a soft cloth and candy for her fever.

They wouldn’t come in, the tray weighing between them.

They stood like woodwork inside the door frame.


By afternoon the old procession—silence at the lip

of a dozen night travelers tired and grieving, one

by one, or pairs floating to the bed and back

with a touching of hands like humming,

and the one we gathered for slipping farther


for all the good we could do. She lay in her shadow.

She looked to no one. Her daylilies bobbed wide

open out in the wild, blue sun and the same bee

kept nosing her window to reach them.

Dusk: even the boys were back watching it try.


David Baker, “Faith” from After the Reunion. Copyright © 1994 by David Baker. Reprinted with the permission of the University of Arkansas Press, www.uapress.com.

Source: After the Reunion (University of Arkansas Press, 1994)

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David Baker
David Baker is the author of five books of poetry, including Changeable Thunder and The Truth About Small Towns. Though his poems convey a keen sense of place—usually the rural Midwest—Baker’s insights into families and communities give his work a universal ring. His work explores human contradictions, such as man’s capacity for both love and cruelty. He is poetry editor of the Kenyon Review. See More By This Poet

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