Summer Afternoon

The most beautiful words
in California:

coastal fog,
lavender flowers along the sidewalk,
coffee and sage burning
at the margins,

impossible to determine
where in the white
cool air like milk
to turn.

Tara Deal is a writer and editor living in New York City. Her poetry has appeared in failbetter, Flyway, nthposition and West Branch, among others. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Wander Luster (Finishing Line Press), and her novella, Palms Are Not Trees After All, won the 2007 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize from Texas Review Press.