Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Balm (A Butterfly Cinquain)

Photo © 2013 Jennifer Wagner

Speak soft-
petaled twilight
against my shoulders, tanned
and salty, from a day rippling
with sun.
Envelop me, with your mouth, cool
with mint and cucumber,
our purpling kiss,

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Music Box River

The river sings a song for pebbles
from the bank of wild daisies, white.
I cast them in, with a grin,
and much to my delight,
it plays my favorite memories
of you and me and lavender
on honeysuckle nights.

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

for Poetry Jam where it's all about the flowers!


waning vigil
luminarias burning low
firefly prays on

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

Farolitos, Jemez Historic Site, New Mexico.  Wikimedia Commons

*Farolito:  little lantern (northern New Mexico).  For more about farolitos/luminarias go here.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Indian paintbrush
and velvet rose,
a butterfly kiss
on my cheek, on my toes—
color me summer, remind me how to sing,
leave lipstick on winter
and the last breath of spring.

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

Here’s to summer and dVerse OpenLinkNight #100!  Way to go Brian and Claudia and all the pub tenders and poets who make dVerse such a great place!

Summer Zephyr

remembering winter
the limbs of a pine tree
shiver with mine

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner


Monday, June 3, 2013

After the Thunderstorm Night


When you
look at me like that,

as if I’ve hung the paper heart moon
with artistic hands,

a lavender morning mists softly
against my skin, each cell brightening,

stretching toward a living,
growing new day.

All I want is to breathe,
to breathe in this sky of moment, deeper,

to feel each evolving hue as it rises
like milk and sugared tea on my tongue;

to hum my birdsong notes
back to you,

and your arms
of encircling sun.

© 2013 Jennifer Wagner

“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?”  -Rose Kennedy