Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bukowski's bluebird

"there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
you."

~ Charles Bukowski, Bluebird


Turns out, there has been, after all, a blue bird sitting idle and unnoticed in my photo archives. I know it's not a bluebird. I know it's a stellar jay, the darker and shabbier cousin of the pretty blue jay. I know it belongs to a green, green land and scented, mossy boughs. I also know, if it flies here (ah, the utter foolhardiness of it!!) and cages itself, it'll forget to sing.
But does any of that matter now? Perhaps not anymore.

17 comments:

  1. The Jay belongs in the green and mossy land - did you know that it is our provincial bird? I sat in my friend's conservatory on Saturday and watched two Stellar's Jays battle with two squirrels for the goodies in the bird feeder. The Jay is the only bird I've seen that will give the squirrels a hard time.
    None of us can choose the place that our souls call home. It's hard when that place is nowhere near where we find ourselves on a daily basis. I had a moment of recognition in 1996, on my first visit to The Island and was fortunate enough to be able to join body and soul in one place less than a year later.
    Sometimes a visit to the place for which the soul yearns is enough to keep the song alive.

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    1. I certainly didn't know that! And yes, I have seen jays chasing squirrels and even scaring little sparrows off from the bird-feeders.
      You are definitely one of the fortunate few, and I really envy that. Hope I get to that place one fine day, and till then the soul searching continues.

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  2. The caged bird sings
    with a fearful trill
    of things unknown
    but longed for still
    and his tune is heard
    on the distant hill
    for the caged bird
    sings of freedom.

    Maya Angelou

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    1. So now I do know why (or rather how) the caged bird sings!
      Thanks Robert for reminding me of this beautiful poem.

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  3. Hello Suman

    That is a superb image of the blue jay - the brown and blue combination is very flattering. When a free bird is caged perhaps the music continues but the genre differs.

    Wishing you a week of joy

    Helen xx

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    1. Dear Helen, thank you for the lovely comment. I'm glad you like the picture. May be you could paint it some day; I'm sure with your effortless brush strokes, the jay will come to life.

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  4. Dear Suman. Your words are beautiful. How symbolic! I hope this wonderful bird will keep on singing!

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    1. Dearest Celine, many thanks for the lovely mail. I'll get back to you soon on that.
      With your unwavering best wishes and support, I'm sure the bird will never tire of singing, despite all odds.

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  5. I came to know about the Jay bird for the first time, I Loved it. All that description and informative comments sparked a hope of discovering such beautiful new avenues and creatures.

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    1. Hello Zahir, glad to see you drop by. Yes, blogging can be quite enriching; we learn so much from our blogger friends and the unique worlds they come from.

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