After days of brassy sun,
gloomy morning horizon.
mirrors confused charcoal sky,
muddy pastiche of deceptive miasma.
Heavy fog manifests
delicate chimera of drizzle.
For a few weeks lush hillsides
costume rugged slopes with
emerald fescue, golden poppies, yellow acacia.
We tell ourselves meager moisture
will sustain ceanothus, succulents, sea grass.
Mist conjures cruel illusion
of impending rainfall.
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Jennifer Lagier has published ten books of poetry and internationally in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. Her latest book, Where We Grew Up, was just issued by FutureCycle Press. She taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review,maintains web sites for Homestead Review, Monterey Poetry Review, Ping Pong Literary Journal, misfitmagazine and helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Web site: : : Poetry by Jennifer Lagier : :