Masses: Focus

painting by Marlene Vine (, poem by Roy Herndon Smith

Focus (14.14)

I have not until
this May morning seen a soul
in the small back yard

a slim young woman
stands in the sun on the grass
then she walks over

to squat down under
a spindly tree topped with sprays
of yellow-green leaves

a shiny yellow tag
hangs from a lower limb
a short time later

the woman stands up
walks back to the yard’s center
stands still, then departs

the blooming world blurs
around the edges and clears
around her absence