Morning blooms, brings
percussive surf, griping gulls,
cheerfully warbling birds.
I visit friends along dirt path
between forest and ocean,
feed treats to passing dogs.
To my left, Tor House rises
from granite foundation,
stone walls framed by succulents, iris.
The terraced rock garden showcases
blue ceanothus, silvery sage,
purple Pride of Madeira.
A lean eucalyptus sheds
keening hawks, red snakeskin bark
during El Niño wind storms.
By Jennifer Lagier
Jennifer 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). Click here to visit her website.