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.

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