Masses: Sea Piece

painting by Marlene Vine (, poem by Roy Herndon Smith

vine_sea piece

Sea Piece

beyond the breakers
my father and I caught and
rode onto the beach

my mother floated
held in cool water breathing
under the bright sun

that through her eyelids
gently lit the world drawn close
rocking her to rest

opacities of
shadows, betrayals, losses
and alien shores

were luminous in
the deep, wide blue of the sky
holding the mountains

rising jagged and
glorious around the bowl
of her valley home