The Tiburon Mariposa Lily

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.