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Gayle Sweeney

(May 1955 / Massachusetts USA)

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A Blue Jay


A blue jay's feathered back holds spots of white clouds
And soft, glistening blue.
Upon its wings is painted days of sapphires
And snowy flurries, too.
I peeked out beyond the open curtain
At the big, flowering rhododendron.
There a bright, silent blue jay landed suddenly.
Amoung our pink fairy blossoms it stopped by me,
Jewelled with patches of rich blue - perhaps a gift
From the azure sky.
We might even think some of pure heaven
Is in flight when blue jays fly.
This dappled blue jay then soon quietly moved from branch to branch
In the green blooming shrubbery outside my window.
By boughs of cool leaves like sheaths
All at once it paused for a moment
And surprisingly looked up at me from below.

Submitted: Friday, October 08, 2010
Edited: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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  • Adeline Foster (6/26/2014 6:07:00 PM)

    What a lovely, happy, private moment poem. I liked the line: Upon its wings is painted days of sapphires. Read mine – Blue Bird –
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Liliana ~el (4/28/2014 6:17:00 PM)

    Beautiful, vivid, varying imagery! Wonderfully done. The incredible sights and feelings that come with an innocent, enchanting blue jay. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (4/28/2014 10:54:00 AM)

    Pretty. In spirit, it reminds me of the purpose behind a Japanese haiku - to capture a moment in time and exalt it. You've done this with your lovely poem, and I'll be reminded of your poem next time I spy a blue jay. (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (4/28/2014 7:13:00 AM)

    The character needs to remove the window, or get outside, or have someone help her/him get outside. As beautiful as the bird is, it is separated from the viewer. Obviously the bird doesn't understand why, on such a lovely day, one would be inside. (Report) Reply

  • ..... W@king Up..... (4/28/2013 5:40:00 PM)

    When I read this poem it was like a little girl that wasn't me was reading it to me :) it just feels so soft in depth and texture, and so deep in meaning. Great job :) (Report) Reply

  • Besa Dede (4/30/2012 11:08:00 PM)

    Very lovely and lively poem, and very nice writing technique. I enjoyed reading it while imagining the description of the poem, right before my eyes.
    ~Besa (Report) Reply

  • Judy Ponceby (4/29/2012 12:20:00 AM)

    Your visions of the Blue Jay are very colorful and vivid against the background of the rhododendron. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (4/21/2012 2:46:00 PM)

    A delicately, sweet look at the beauties of our nature. So deserving of being poem of the day, or
    any day. Joe (Report) Reply

  • Patti Masterman (2/1/2012 10:31:00 PM)

    I just adore Bluejays. Thank you for a wonderful tribute poem..I could just see the Jays intelligent eyes in your words..they are an amazing bird aren't they? (Report) Reply

  • Matt Mooney (12/20/2010 2:37:00 PM)

    The Blue Jay flutters through the lines of your poem.You captured the moment beautifully, if not the bird.10. (Report) Reply

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