Slanting Cypress


Cypress goliaths
tilt in arrested topple,
border winding trail,
separate ceanothus and oxalis
from wave sculpted beach.

Sunrise illuminates
textured trunks,
splayed boughs,
etches crone limbs
in ethereal gold.

Ravens flap,
settle upon curved branches,
telegraph morning gossip,
curse trespassers who disrupt
their ebony covens.

Harpies within tormented trees
offer raspy predictions:
coming turbulence,
contused thunderheads,
battering deluge.

By Jennifer Lagier

Monterey cypress leaning toward morning sun


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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