Room with a View

From the 23rd floor,
Camille can see red taillights
flashing along Van Ness
as traffic untangles itself
after the annual St. Patty’s parade.
Half-drunk revelers topped with
sparkling emerald bowler hats
spill from Barbary Coast bars,
congest bus and trolley stops.

She has opened a bottle of Pinot Noir,
is naked under her white robe,
sits cross-legged on a soft bed.
Sips wine and watches ant-sized dramas
as they unfold, run their course,
melt away on the sidewalks below.

Later, she will carefully apply eyeliner,
a dab of Serpentine behind each ear,
slide into something skinny and black,
join the seething San Francisco masses
trolling for love on a Saturday night.

There will be loud blues, green martinis
and beer, perhaps a new man,
many drinks on the house.

—Jennifer Lagier


BIO: Jennifer Lagier has published ten books of poetry and internationally in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. Her latest book, Where We Grew Up, was just issued by FutureCycle Press. She taught with California Poets in the Schools, coedits the Homestead Review, maintains websites for Homestead Review, Monterey Poetry Review, Ping Pong Literary Journal, misfitmagazine, and helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Visit her website.