Jennifer Lagier

Scene of the Crime“My life has a superb cast but I can’t figure out the plot.” – Ashleigh Brilliant 45 years, three husbands later,I board a plane, return to Seattle.This time, the hotel is upscale,no convention of Shrinersrunning up and down hallways.I’m not navigating steep,slippery cobblestone streetsin a Ford Mustang during a rainstorm.No U-Haul filled with my earthly possessionschained to a parking garage pillar. I am older, here to makepeace with the past.My perspective has altered:The Space Needle that once terrifiedseems diminutive compared tomodern skyscrapers that now surround it.I revisit the scene of old crimes,remember that 19 year old child bride,first time away from home,married less than 48 hours,realizing her fatal mistake,crying her eyes out. Jennifer Lagier’s eight books are: Coyote Dream Cantos, Where We Grew Up, Second-Class Citizen, The Mangia Syndrome, Fishing for Portents, Agent Provocateur, Hookup With Chinaski and Penetrating the Mist. She taught with California Poets in the Schools and is now a retired college librarian/instructor, member of the Italian American Writers Association, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Rockford Writers Guild and helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Visit her website at: