Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia

Blue Vase

Slim silk,
hourglass neck,
brush strokes
of midnight blue

She is a cool clandestine
walk on sand,
ocean waves
in silver moonlight

The jealous rain, in its
cerulean sheen,
its transparency,
stares through a window,
beyond an overcast
living room,

beyond a tan Persian carpet,
to the mantle,
to white Asiatic lilies in piano hands,

to the blueness
of a long neck, a full mouth,
deep curves


Rosemary Ybarra-Garcia is an educator and a life-long poet.  She holds graduate degrees in education, English, and Creative Writing from University of California at Davis and San Francisco State University.

Prior to her retirement, Rosemary was employed by the California Community Colleges and U. C. Davis, where she held positions of lecturer, instructor, dean, and vice president.  She dedicated her career to helping students achieve their educational goals and thus improve their lives.

Over the years, she has been a featured poet at coffee shops, book stores, women’s study classes, and at special venues such as “Women and the Muse” in Santa Cruz, CA, 1988; “Floricanto in Xochitle in Cuicatle, Flower and Song” at the De Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, CA, 1993.

Her poetry has been included in several publications, among those:  Lighthouse Point: An Anthology of Santa Cruz Writers, 1988; New to North America: Writing by Immigrants, Their Children and Grandchildren, Burning Bush Publications, Santa Cruz, CA, 1997, 2007; California QuarterlyA California State Poetry Society Publication, Volume 24, No 3, 1995, Vol.42 No.2, 2017, and Vol.42:4, 2017; Poetry Quarterly, Prolific Press, Fall 2013, Spring and Summer, 2014; Calyx Press, 2016; River Poets Journal, Lily Press, 2017. She actively participates in San Francisco Bay Area poetry groups.

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