Sharp wind whittles transient dunes.
Surf tosses torn kelp, broken shells,
sucks jumbled driftwood back out to sea.

Untethered gull feathers tumble
across swooping, golden curve
of wave-nibbled beach.

Tangled wild spinach, leaves amputated
by trampling feet, frames weather-beaten trail,
buried boardwalk, shifting billows of sand.

By Jennifer Lagier

stormy California coast

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.

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