only grows on the thin serpentine soils that coat the slopes of Ring Mountain Preserve in Tiburon, California. Serpentinite, gray-green California state rock, so beautiful, so poisonous to life that cannot change, shed old ways, easy beauties, find the other face of extinction. M.S. Rooney M.S. Rooney lives in Sonoma, California with poet Dan Noreen. Her work appears in journals, including The Blue Mountain Review, Illuminations, Leaping Clear and Superpresent and anthologies, including A Walk with Nature: Poetic Encounters that Nourish the Soul (University Professors Press). Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.