macro photography of colorful hummingbird
Iridescent sprites probe scarlet petals,
whirr above awakening ceanothus
as orange sunrise blossoms.

Tiny scolds brandish needle beaks,
chirp at territorial invaders,
hector trespassing dogs.

I admire white iris unfolding
along picket fence perimeter.
A hummingbird halo orbits my head.

Jennifer Lagier

Jennifer Lagier lives a block from the Monterey stage where Janis Joplin performed and Jimi Hendrix torched his guitar. She has published nineteen books, in a variety of anthologies and literary magazines, edits the Monterey Poetry Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Website:, Facebook: