Stellar’s Jay



We heard you before we saw you,
thrilling to the sound of your trilling mountain-song:
Stellar’s Jay, invisible in the dark pines,
but near us in high places unmarked by the usual signs.

O Pioneer! Here we go walking,
down the hill to a lake we cannot (at first) find,
and you follow us, Stellar’s Jay, in your black hood
and blue cape, swift and beautiful in the shadows.

On the way back, the light slants through
the pines at a certain angle and suddenly we see
the budding branches of the Dogwood Tree split
open by tender, green leaves and yellow flowers

that shine in the light, that shine in the light
of memory’s Stellar’s Jay song.


The Sierras


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