Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Red Fox (to My Poems)

Vulpes vulpes, with your

little black nose,
your anxious eyes,

your den, under leaves
once red,
are ochre, burnt umber, and blowing away

in the air
of wet earth and maple smoke exhaled.

My palms,
holding ash
up to my fingertips, cool to the touch,

warm with a flame I cannot fan,
everything dying, like this.

But I’ll find you,
sometime October,
under the chestnut tree

wagging your tail,
Vulpes vulpes,
for me.

© 2016 Jennifer Wagner

It seems I am too busy for poetry right now.  But sometimes, she finds me.

Friday, May 2, 2014

fair maidens

photo © 2014 Jennifer Wagner

strawberry cream
and mint
renaissance girls,
spring’s popsicle juleps,

and the deer’s delight—
who wait
for the slumbering
of the gardener-knight

© 2014 Jennifer Wagner

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Varied Thrush

At the beginning,
and afters,

(the dawn,
the dusk,
the eclipsing of the rain shower),

you call:

1. wake up

2. calmly be

3. rejoice

I think you’re right.

© 2014 Jennifer Wagner

We hear the Varied Thrush from our house every day.  I haven’t gotten a photo (they are quick to hide), but they are pretty orange and bluish-gray birds with a call much like a referee’s whistle.

For the open link at Poets United Poetry Pantry

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lovers' Boats (Naked, Unashamed)

Fairyland – Sunita Khedekar

beez buzz


the pleasant


of cotton candy pink
feather and wing

and clothes

and skin dip-

into the splash, giggling

a sarcoline
memory quilting

© 2014 Jennifer Wagner

At dVerse Poetics Grace has invited us to write to the delightfully vibrant artwork of Sunita Khedekar.  She also encouraged us to use color words with the help of The Phrontistery.  The piece I chose to write to reminded me of a cabin we’ve stayed at a few times with a private outdoor hot tub in a beautiful natural settingtrees, creekjust picturesque.  We always chuckle at a sign they have posted there that reads, “We don’t skinny dip, we chunky dunk.”  Anyway, however you aremake a splash. ;)

Friday, February 28, 2014

clouded leopard

at the zoo
for me
there is only
the clouded leopard
its fishbowl cage.

her sad eyes,
her muscles, taut—
to be on display.

now, this isn’t popular
or proper.
come on, baby.
let us see you,
exploit you,
measure you.
we’ll feed you, promise.
you don’t want to be gregarious?
on facebook?
you must have your head
and spots examined.

there’s a reason
she climbs,
the best at it of her kind—
she’s designed to be

by day
she wants to rest
among the trees
and hunt at night,

she keeps her pelt and cubs
and her sanity.

break the glass
and let her out, let her out—
she’s me.

© 2014 Jennifer Wagner

Linking with other poets at Poets United:  The Poetry Pantry this weekend.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Conifers and

seagrass and

where fresh
meets salt,

where the tide
meets the river

in a cocktail
of creation;

a symphony,
if you will,

of the Conductor’s hand
who sets the tempo

and shapes the Sound
I live in.

© 2014 Jennifer Wagner

For Poetry Jam:  Where You’re At.  Peggy has asked us to write about where we live.  I live in Puget Sound, a beautiful estuary region in Washington State.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Meant to Be

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

It only takes a moment
to see the light

as it’s crossing your path,
like quail to the apricot tree.

It only takes a moment—
and fifteen years later you know

it still is.

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

Tomorrow my husband and I will be celebrating our 15th Anniversary.  I have been absent from the blogging world for a bit…vacationing where there is not much internet connection and will be absent a bit more for celebrating our Anniversary.  I hope summer is treating you all well!