(City girl in love again with a ray
of grass precise as a hummingbird’s tongue.)

Pierced to the bone by blades of sun,
she finds abundant comfort on a slanted rock

beside a scratchy tree trunk smudging
her shirt with yellow lichen.

Gnats blow past on a plume of air,
spiraling as she does, up towards

the predestined spot where connection
and renewal reward their wandering.