Slowly the days left    Her

             hair mostly gone

              No more scarves

                 Slow comes the sky

       in and in

                          No more leaves

                                                 No more lotus root tea

                                   Her arms   the branches

                          Her hands     the spring birds

              carrying strands of her

                            off in their singing like that

                                                                                                       Mary Ann Baker
                                                                                                       January 22, 1937 – May 19, 2003