Moonshine

Darkness devours lavender dusk.
Glowing moon ascends,
hangs between ragged limbs.

Silver paints budding willows,
emerging lupine; spanning wetland pond—
a refracted gold trail.

Gentle song of crooning owl
harmonizes with whispering percussion,
muffled boom of incoming surf.

A spooked cloud of squeaking bats
pass before blinking stars, lunar orb,
punctuate the night air.

By Jennifer Lagier

full moon shining above trees


The author, Jennifer LagierJennifer Lagier has published ten books and in literary magazines. She taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Forthcoming books: Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle), Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018).Click here to visit her website. Photo by the author.

First Lupine

Spring offers blue sky,
scattered cotton ball clouds.
We catch our breath between
back-to-back storms.

Fallen cypress, slanting willows recline
in standing pools of stagnating water.
Splintered branches from upended behemoths
obstruct parts of circular trail.

Rogue mustard, persistent oxalis
dapple wetland chaparral, offer
yellow accents to gaudy poppies
that suddenly decorate soggy ground.

Pink and white wild radish flower
above sprouting terrain.
Splotches of early bush lupine
unfold showy lavender spires.

By Jennifer Lagier

bush lupine blooming in meadow


The author, Jennifer LagierJennifer Lagier has published ten books and in literary magazines. She taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Forthcoming books: Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle), Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018).Click here to visit her website. Photo by the author.

Fire in the Sky

Downpour empties overhead clouds,
leaves illumined husks
blazing against purple sky
during transient sunrise.

Cypress silhouettes call attention
to celestial fire-play as drifting fog
and stratocumulus merge,
provide a pink and gold light show.

Shape shifters morph, fleetingly glow,
fade to gray, brief radiance erased
by smudged thunderheads,
grumbling, incoming storm.

By Jennifer Lagier

pink and orange flames of clouds in morning sky


The author, Jennifer LagierJennifer Lagier has published ten books and in literary magazines. She taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Forthcoming books: Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle), Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018).Click here to visit her website. Photo by the author.

By Dawn’s Early Light

Technicolor sunrise
backdrops silhouette cypress.
Glowering firmament simmers.
Seed pearl stars, skinny moon disappear.
Royal purple sky seethes with gold,
reveals violet rain clouds.

Watchful ducks rock
upon dark pond,
unruffled, silent.
Pussy willows burst
from drooping limbs
along looping trail.

First light illumines
emerging yarrow,
alyssum mounds,
scurrying sparrows.
Spooked bunnies hide
beneath budding lupin.

By Jennifer Lagier

Brilliant organge and red clouds over silhouetted trees


The author, Jennifer LagierJennifer Lagier has published ten books and in literary magazines. She taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Forthcoming books: Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle), Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018).Click here to visit her website. Photo by the author.

Boxing Day Sunset

Tangerine clouds melt into lavender waves.
I sip icy sauvignon blanc, give thanks
for a quiet week overlooking unpredictable ocean.
Small dogs gnaw rawhide bones upon comfortable futons.
Distant pelicans drop from bruised sky,
slide just above violet beach, darkening shoreline.

New books, old movies soothe the heart.
Frosty mornings invite exploration of ridge trail,
familiar path circumventing oak and pine,
mysterious canyons draped with kudzu garlands.
This is the sanctuary to which I escape,
feed my soul, face another New Year.

By Jennifer Lagier

Red Sky Sunset over purple ocean


The author, Jennifer LagierJennifer Lagier has published ten books and in literary magazines. She taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Forthcoming books: Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle), Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018).Click here to visit her website. Photo by the author.