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Last Summer in Jenner
by Elsa Fernandez
Ethereal interfusion of blues
flood sunlit skies,
gently framing the horizon
in a Provencal palette of colors.
High on the Jenner bluffs
wind eddies of briny air
whirl in from the estuary
where the river meets the ocean.
We walk on the Kortum Trail,
grass yellowing in the summer heat,
Golden California poppies, bright
amid a profusion of violet lupines.
Kai lunges to dense rows
of blackberry bushes
laden with plump Byzantine purple fruit
that he so loves.
Seal Watch volunteers, alert on the dunes,
protect the pinniped pups on the sand,
waiting for their fur to grow out,
so they can venture into the ocean.
I recite Kipling’s poem "Seal Lullaby"
stroking Kai’s soft fur, telling him
the story of little Kotick, the brave white seal
who led his friends to safety.
My evenings are cold now,
I look for Sirius in the night sky
to find my wiihayo haiyu,
my beloved winnewa.
Pomo words: Wiihayo Haiyu = star dog / Winnewa = friend
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elsa Fernandez grew up in Asia. She has lived in San Francisco since 1970 and never gets tired of this lovely city. She has travelled the world and still gets excited flying back home and to finally land at SFO. Her family is scattered around the world—India, Australia, Dubai, England, Ireland and Argentina. She is a political junkie and majored in Journalism and Political Science. She loves music and plays the piano quite well (one of her dreams was to own a piano bar in upcountry Maui . . . she would probably call it the Maui Moon!). Writing poetry is an emotional outlet for her.
Other works in this issue:
Poetry - Food
The Better-than-Sex Blueberry Cake
Bay Area Byways
Where the Earth Meets the Sky