Spring offers blue sky,
scattered cotton ball clouds.
We catch our breath between
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
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), Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018).Click here to visit her website. Photo by the author.