Blue Jay

Blue Jay

by Carmen H Gray

From the tiny bones we saw tufts

Containing a bundle of energy

Striped blue and black feathers to come

Bold and loud

You cried out, “Go on!”

As you pushed open your diminutive wings

Your mother called for you

Fearlessly flying

And failing

Your natural state of being

Is to persevere

Regardless of your circumstances


“Tears and fears and feeling proud,
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds,
I’ve looked at life that way.

Oh but now old friends they’re acting strange,
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day.

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all”

-from Both Sides, Now by Joni Mitchell


by Carmen H Gray

Energy never ceases

There is no beginning

There is no end

It is changing in perpetuum

Invisible to the primitive senses

Only we witness the results

Of its passages

Life and Death

And everything before

And within

And beyond

Supernatural transitions