|The tree azalea overwhelms the evening with its scent, |
defining everything and the endless fields.
Walking away, suddenly, it slices off and is gone.
The visible object blurs open in front of you,
the outline of a branch folds back into itself, then clarifies—just as you turn away—
and the glass hardens into glass
as you go about taking care of things abstractedly
one thing shelved after another, as if they were already in the past,
needing nothing from you until, smashing itself on the tile floor,
the present cracks open the aftermath of itself.
|Copyright © 2013 by Martha Ronk. Used with permission of the author. This poem appeared in Poem-A-Day on July 9, 2013. Browse the Poem-A-Day archive.|