Marina Dunes Preserve

Morning surf levitates, pleats upon itself,
collapses to crash ashore,
scatter dismembered kelp clues
against freshened etch-a-sketch sands.

Ground squirrels stretch,
bask atop fallen cypress.
Gliding hawks survey chaparral.
Shredded fog drifts overhead.

Cottontails shelter beneath white sage
as field mice forage among golden dunes.
I meditate, scribble poetic musings,
as blue jays frisk brittle grass.

By Jennifer Lagier

Marina Dunes Preserve


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.

Blue Heron

A giant blue heron wades
through shoreline shallows,
heaves himself aloft
into morning air above
sandy beach, tranquil tide pools.

Tiny white egrets forage
among exposed anemones,
green and mauve seaweed,
crack speared snails against stone,
extract tender morsels.

A dolphin aquacade
entertains crass crows
who raucously gossip
from ring side seats
upon twisted cypress.

Painter, poet, photographer
capture unfolding dramas.
Wind and waves
sequence nature’s stories
with a zen soundtrack.

By Jennifer Lagier

Blue heron standing by 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.

Gratitude List

Let us give thanks for
sun etched cypress
lifting needled limbs
above white sage and driftwood,
low-tide exposed beach.

Walk in mindfulness
along gentle trail
beside wrinkled ocean,
incoming surf.
Pet passing dogs.
Dispense baked, tasty treats.

Meditate upon phalanx
of swooping pelicans,
golden-eyed heron,
trash-talking jays,
paranoid blackbirds.

Sit in silence
within a cathedral
of wind ruffled redwoods.
Feel an inchoate higher power
resurrect the soul, heal your heart.
Bless this bright day.

By Jennifer Lagier

Cypress Tree along California Beach


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.

Beach Bon Mot

“Whales,” a driftwood message
etched into sand
exposed by low tide
loudly pronounces.

Passersby marvel at
the spectacle of mother humpback
and her frisky calf
as they breach and blow
just beyond rocky shore.

Outside protected cove,
the disturbed ocean boils.
Migrating leviathans
spout umbrella spume,
lift giant fins, smirking grins,
roll above curling surf.

By Jennifer Lagier

Driftwood spells 'Whales' on beach
 


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.

Spring Rainstorm

Silver/white sky presses down
on wind-blown almonds,
wrings dripping leaves.

Light shifts from menacing charcoal
to acute golden clarity,
then opaque gray again.

Agitated sparrows, voracious jays
feed upon drowning earthworms
as they writhe from wet ground.

Torn bits of storm-shredded ash trees
litter flooded sidewalk, form an
extemporaneous mosaic upon sodden lawn.

By Jennifer Lagier

azalea and almond trees in the rain


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.