Sunday Morning After a Rain by Bill Vartnaw

Sunday Morning After a Rain


Sunday morning after a rain

a cup of coffee in a café


Monsanto is changing the seeds

claiming them as their own

they want to control

the food, the water, the air


I watch the birds

play/forage along the slough/river

this town’s connection

to the “Bay Area”


Louis Armstrong on the stereo

“the ambassador”

a quiet twenty-first century morning

with more than a touch of anger


Bill Vartnaw was born, raised & got old in California.  He is publisher of Taurean Horn Press, an independent poetry press started in San Francisco and celebrating its 43rd year.  He is the author of two books of poetry, In Concern: for Angels (THP, 1984); Suburbs of my Childhood (Beatitude Press, 2009) & 3 chapbooks.   He served as Sonoma County Poet Laureate from 2012-13.