Here at the center      of a field            of green


leaves waving            center of a         grief I can’t


see far enough           to tell how         it will ease


it will not ease           it goes on           and on now


as yours does            in sunlight         and in rain


holding hands with    her in the           last minutes


sky so vast                hear the            wheat roar—

Copyright © 2015 by David Baker. Used with permission of the author. “Pastoral” originally appeared in T Magazine.