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Physics of the Breeze

A slight wrinkle      on the pond           as he said


all that’s left of        this life is             what remains


for the next              three redwings      motionless now


atop cattails             are match tips        soon enough


to strike out            this evening on      one black flame


Copyright © 2018 by David Baker. Used with permission of the author. “Physics of the Breeze” originally appeared in The Yale Review.


David Baker

David Baker was born in Bangor, Maine, on December 27, 1954. 

Date Published: 2018-01-19

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