Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: A Prayer, A Welcome

Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate

Today’s short lyric by the late Maine poet David Walker greets the arrival of a newborn with both praise and wisdom.

A Prayer, A Welcome by David Walker

Little wrinkle from my flesh, eyelid

curling down at my fool’s prattle; child

before whom I’m the more child—your future

older than my past… Forgive the father

I’ll be, become all I can never know;

teach me to hold you for a while, and then

to let go.

Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright 2003 Wesley McNair. Reprinted from the Maine Poets, Down East Books, 2003, by permission of Wesley McNair. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at mainepoetlaureate@gmail.com or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.