Thistle


Gray fog billows ashore, forms
opaque backdrop to brittle thorns,
erases volcanic boulders.

With Salvador Dali mustache,
a dried thistle, denuded of downy seed,
restrains a honey bee, overlooks ocean.

Among mustard, wild radish,
still-green progeny burrs erupt
bright purple flowers.

Brambles provide barbed cover
for scrambling squirrels,
foraging bunnies.

I wander Moonstone Beach,
revisit our favorite haunts.
Your ghost clings like prickly nettles.

By Jennifer Lagier

thistle against a foggy 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). Click here to visit her website. Photo by the author.

Photo by the author

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