Tyree Daye
Neuse River


Tell them not to go

to the banks alone.


Tell them where

they can drink


without watching

over shoulders.


Tell them drowning

is third on your list


of concerns.

First is lie down,


second,  come here.

Even the water


I was baptized in

isn’t safe.


I knew God

was a man


because he put              

a baby in Mary


without her



Found In Volume 46, No. 05
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Tyree Daye
About the Author

Tyree Daye is the winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for River Hymns.  He was awarded the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018 and The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award in the Fall 2015 issue. He is a Cave Canem fellow.