Gold-edged coral and lavender clouds
hang above sunrise meadow.
Flailing cypress frame umber trail,
muddy vernal pond shallows.
Any minute, unsettled sky might deliver
concussive rumbling thunder,
platinum lightning strikes,
Water fowl burrow deeper
within disintegrating tule berms.
Chilled earth tenses, contracts.
Sniper rain fusillade splinters calmness.
By Jennifer Lagier
Jennifer 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.