View from the terrace of the family's Brooklyn Heights apartment

Thursday, February 24, 2011


The jay has sacrificed everything
       for bright plumage 
       and a taunting squawk
Listen to him squabble and kvetch
       with a clutch of his mates
       to the derision of disapproving crows
See him flutter in a blur of blue
       to alight self-importantly
       on a prominent perch
Though he can cackle and curse
       or resemble a flower in flight
       no creature takes him seriously
except the winsome early worm.

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