Myop's name looks much like the word myopia, which denotes nearsightedness, and the word myopic, which pertains to being short-sighted, both physically and figuratively.
The young girl of Alice Walker's story who gathers flowers is, indeed, myopic as she focuses mainly upon what is near to her, or what she has done before. Figuratively, she is also narrow in her vision of the realities of life. As the story begins, the narrator describes Myop as carrying a short, knobby stick that she uses to strike at chickens and beat out the melody of a song on the fence. With this stick, she walks along the fence of the family's farm on which they are sharecroppers.
She had explored the woods behind the house many times. . . Today she made her own path. . . [and] found. . . an armful of strange blue flowers with velvety ridges and a sweet suds bush full of the brown, fragrant buds.
After gathering flowers for some time, Myop begins to "circle back" to her home, but in her myopia she unexpectedly "stepped smack into his eyes." Her heel becomes wedged somehow in the broken skull of a dead man. Unafraid, Myop reaches down to free her foot. When she sees the "naked grin" of death on this skull, Myop utters "a little yelp of surprise," and she "gazed around the spot with interest." She is distracted by a pink rose, though, and moves to pick it up and add it to her bundle.
It is only when Myop realizes the dead man has been murdered that her mental vision expands to comprehend the horrible act that has been committed. She has seen the evidence of hatred and bigotry. Myop lays down her flowers, symbolic of her innocence. "And the summer was over."