glasshouseby Jennifer Lagier

A yellow pouf tree guards the greenhouse
where red and orange fantasy flowers float
in stasis just beneath a glass ceiling.

Blue flutes erupt from flower beds.
Cobalt stalks and curlicue arms
mutely invoke animation and sunshine.

Don’t throw stones, I tell myself,
artful whimsy is unique, fragile.
Appreciate genius. Observe without touching.

Jennifer Lagier has published eight books of poetry and in a variety of literary magazines. She was nominated for a Pushcart in 2011, taught with California Poets in the Schools and is now a retired college librarian/instructor, member of the Italian American Writers Association, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Rockford Writers Guild, co-edits the Homestead Review and The Monterey Poetry Review, maintains websites for Ping Pong: A Literary Journal of the Henry Miller Library and She also helps coordinate the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium’s Second Sunday Reading Series. Visit her website at: