By David Baker b. 1954 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,

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

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Poet David Baker b. 1954

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Faith & Doubt, Family & Ancestors, Religion, Relationships, Health & Illness, Living

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Though he is known primarily as a poet of the Midwest, David Baker was born in Bangor, Maine in 1954. He spent his childhood in Missouri and attended Central Missouri State University before receiving his PhD from the University of Utah. He has won fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Currently a Professor of English . . .

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SUBJECT Faith & Doubt, Family & Ancestors, Religion, Relationships, Health & Illness, Living

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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