False shamrocks cluster
among purple lupine,
wild alyssum,
vivid gold poppies.

Bermuda buttercup or
goat’s foot sour grass,
they were an aphrodisiac
used by the Algonquins.

Here, they announce
spring’s arrival,
coming heat waves,
premature summer.

Free-spirited oxalis
invade marshy wetlands,
flourish within cypress shadows,
bob bright yellow faces.

By Jennifer Lagier

oxalis under Monterey Cypress

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). Click here to visit her website. Photo by the author.

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