Inventing The Blue Jay

by Mary Harwell Sayler
after reading Pattiann Rogers

Inventing the Blue Jay

First the calming
of heat into the flint
of an eye, the quieting
of noise into the raucous
rattle and chirr of a dark
beak sharpened to hint
at infrequent melodies in
a musical queedle-queedle,
then the taming of waters,
many waters poured into
the conjecture of a wing….
Darkness, light separate in
the cooling breast, the V
of every color – blended,
banned, absorbed. Male
or female matters little
until nesting time when
a grass-lined nest – loose,
uneven but concealed in
the forked crotch of an
oak or conifer – holds a
cache of greenish eggs,
brown-speckled, with the
promise of expansion into
peopled places where new
neighbors press tighter
and tighter like beautiful
blue jays banding:
colorful creatures,
occasional pests.
Forgive them.

“Inventing the Blue Jay” by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2012, first appeared in the Saint Katherine Review, Vol. 2, Number 3, Fall 2012, then in the book of natural and spiritual poetry, Living in the Nature Poem, published by the environmentally-focused publisher, Hiraeth Press, who later added an e-book version.

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