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Scrub-Jay Alchemy

Maya Ellenson is keen on creating unconventional poetry and prose, inspired by what the moment unfolds.

Scrub-Jays in Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida

In the Scrub

Scrub-Jay Trail

Scrub-Jay Trail

Scrub-Jay Alchemy

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.


Scrub-Jays

touch the sunshine

with their porcelain wings

of sapphire blue


exposed to immensity


enameled

into a tree


alight on a scrub oak

they guard it--

their only home


enchanted


I blend with the element of air

becoming one with the scrub-jay


shapeshifted

Scrubland Magic

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Florida

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Florida

Scrub-Jay at Home

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida

Scrub-Jay Universe

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Comments

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.