two blue jays

two blue jays
flitting about
the branches
of the browning
spruce
the blue streaks
around the tree
as the brown female
dances
on the branch
singing songs
of juicy worms
brought by the rains
the trees back north
a longing for home
as the southern
vacation
brings new berries

there is a
soft joy
in the love
between them
as they begin
a new sabbatical
in a warmer climate
side by side
instinctually building
a new home
a new life
together

and still
he flies
back and forth
bringing her
small baubles
keeping
the fledgling nest
free from predators
by drawing
their attention
to him alone
and i
understand
his need
his love
his instinct
to do everything
he can
with every breath
to keep
his beautiful love
safe

two blue jays
dance
through the branches
of the browning
spruce
yet all i see
is us
my cheeks hurt
from the smile
born from this
feeling
that fills
my heart

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