Maya Ellenson is keen on creating unconventional poetry and prose, inspired by what the moment unfolds.
Scrub-Jays in Jonathan Dickinson State Park
In the Scrub
Scrub-Jays live in the Florida scrub. They are exclusively Florida natives. Deprived of a large portion of their environment by developers, they lost the land that sustains them. Thankfully, the scrub-jays feel safe in Jonathan Dickinson State Park where the scrub ecosystem is well preserved.
Recently I joined a scrub-jay walk arranged by the Audubon of Martin County. It was really elucidating. Learning that it’s only 8000 scrub-jays left on Earth was both saddening and mind-opening. Why humans as a species believe that they are entitled to thrive at the cost of destroying the environment of other lifeforms. These majestic endangered birds have have the same rights to live, soar and land in the scrub to forage and rest. Anthropocentrism is a deeply distorted model of reality. It hurts the Earth and ultimately bounces back.
touch the sunshine
with their porcelain wings
of sapphire blue
exposed to immensity
into a tree
alight on a scrub oak
they guard it--
their only home
I blend with the element of air
becoming one with the scrub-jay
Scrub-Jay at Home
Maya Ellenson (author) from Hobe Sound, Florida on February 01, 2019:
John, thank you for reading and your kind comment.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 01, 2019:
Thank you for sharing this Maya. I had not seen a scrub jay before, but I am sad to hear there are so few left and their habitat has become so restricted. Wonderful information and poem. Luckily Jonathan Dickinson State Park has preserved a suitable ecosystem.