Within the bistro courtyard,
Camille contemplates her near-empty martini;
the first half turned to piss, what remains, bleary.
A thin slice of garnish floats in pale green vodka.
Soon she will swallow the juice in one motion,
a lemon slice joining others beside her glass.
The night is successful: live music, a table-mate
grinning, knowing, as she inhales the last of her drink.
Warm and tipsy, his hand
is a perfect fit between her legs,
the blues guitar player riffing
as a sliver of moon rises through cypress.
God, his fingers feel good.
About the author:
Jennifer Lagier was nominated Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2011. Her books are Coyote Dream Cantos (Iota Press, 1992), Where We Grew Up (Small Poetry Press, 1999), Second-Class Citizen (Voices in Italian Americana Folio Series, 2000), The Mangia Syndrome (Pudding House Publications, 2004), and Fishing for Portents (Pudding House Publications, 2008). She is a member of the Rockford Writers Guild, the Santa Cruz Front Street Poets, the Italian American Writers Association and helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings.