Squirrel Convention

In the wetlands, I observe
five squirrels on a stump,
a curious rodent convention
surrounded by blooming mustard,
golden grasses and thistles.

One functions as lookout,
scans the skies for hunting hawks.
Spooked by leashed dogs,
my innocuous trespass,
he barks a warning to his companions.

The disturbed colony chirps,
disbands to take cover.
Furry streaks disappear underground,
their conclave interrupted
by my clumsy morning meander.

By Jennifer Lagier

Squirrels standing on giant tree stump


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 Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest 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.

Crepe Myrtle

for my mother, 6/5/27 – 7/20/17

Hot pink blooms dance
in delta breeze, spill confetti
among glossy foliage,
vivid metaphors that mimic
the jaunty scarlet jacket
mom wears within
polished oak casket.

Stubborn shrubs thrive
on soaring temperatures,
bounce back from hard winter frosts.
Mom defied her terminal prognosis,
obstinately endured for months,
refused to relinquish normal daily routines:
getting dressed to meet company,
putting on makeup.

Today we bury her
among husband, mother,
daughter, granddaughter.
In the garden, Blue Lily of the Nile
surround flowering tree,
salute her ascending soul,
serve as regal reminders.

By Jennifer Lagier

red blossoms of Crepe Myrtle tree


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.

Wildflower Ramble

Our footsteps
bruise a dark trail
through pliant foxtails,
golden poppies, sky lupine.

Here among greasewood,
homesteads melt back to fern;
a sinking oak rots
into damp miner’s lettuce.

Iron nails rust
within tin filigree,
a termite bored trailer bed,
weather bowed axles.

Last winter’s yarrow
bisects burgeoning mustard.
Sage interrupts yellow broom.
Lichen sprouts from stone fractures.

Frantic doves, stirred by trespass,
splash across fog-smudged skies,
shear past blooming scrub,
spilling soft wakes of feathers.

Fallen pine weeps.
Hawk shadows paint
rugged hills, redwood canyons,
wild radish meadows.

By Jennifer Lagier

blue flowers under cloudy 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), Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018).Click here to visit her website. Photo by the author.

Oaklands

Grandfather oaks dangle
Spanish Moss beards,
prop themselves upright
on time-twisted knuckles.

Overhead, tawny hawks float,
glide in broad, lazy circles.
Squirrels chirp the alarm,
dive underground to take cover.

White sage, silver chaparral frame
bloomed out clumps of lavender lupine.
Fairy Lanterns unfold like pale stars
beside Sticky Monkey, Pearl Everlasting.

Across golden meadow,
past an exclamation of scarlet Paint Brush,
beneath wild mustard snarl,
a muscular gopher snake pulses.

By Jennifer Lagier

Pathway under spreading oak branches


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 Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle), Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Her Website: jlagier.net  Facebook: www.facebook.com/JenniferLagier/ Photo by the author.

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.