flesh 8

roy herndon smith

the leaf blower’s roar
like an elemental force
silences all else

as it clears the hard
made-to-last surfaces of
sidewalks and driveways

then it fades into
the beating and pauses of
the heart and the breath

that are always here
along with the low thrumming
of sentient flesh

going the quiet
way of leaves detaching and
falling to the earth