Poetry by Jennifer Lagier

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Poipu, Kauai, January 2023

Banana Tree Break Dance

"Everything is a dance partner." ~ Caroline Casey

Trade winds push lilac storm clouds ashore,
levitate ocean waves into forty-foot surf,
twist banana trees in jerky break dance gyrations.

Warm rain saturates red and pink ginger,
floods thickets where blue eyed mourning doves
and high strutting roosters take shelter.

Inside a snug and dry hotel room,
I witness gusty assault
of flailing palms, shattered hibiscus.

Morning walk thwarted, I open a book,
tap laptop keyboard, pop and lock
to hip hop rhythm of downpour.


February 2023