Sleeping With John Lennon by Jennifer Lagier

I travel south through
lettuce fields, past oil wells,
cross a corridor of crucified vineyards.
Now I settle into a borrowed office
among the pines, make my bed
on someone else’s red sofa.

At beach side bar, I sip champagne,
contemplate whitecaps punctuating the bay,
admire a tiny boat with taut sails
as it skims the horizon.
Strings of pelicans soar just above waves,
broken stone, a thin strip of shoreline.

Back in my room, I am
surrounded by other folk’s photos,
soothed by the whisper of tree limbs
against ceiling skylights.
Outside, a swollen moon rises.
From his picture frame,
moody John Lennon smolders.

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). Website: : : Poetry by Jennifer Lagier : :

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