wilderness committee

diffuse sunbeams back-light winter beauty

pausing between branches of our naked maple.

i recall days of glory—full branches sheltering,

offering shade from summer’s swelter.

dimming light softens the tree’s harsh outline,

compels me to bear aching cold

to drink in Jay’s bold blue, (cerulean

contrasted against a snow-draped background)

to balance ecstasy and pain.

The term “intrusion” refers to the appearance of birds in a locale that they do not usually inhabit. Blue Jays do stay in our area year-round, but somehow it’s always a delight to see them at this time of the year.

16 thoughts on “intrusion

  1. wolfsrosebud says:

    what a beautiful way to open the month of January… so much warmth between the frosty lines


  2. Yes, that shock of bold blue is, indeed, a welcome sight at this time of year. So is the Cardinal’s daring red…


  3. brian miller says:

    nice i like the color play in this…the last bit there the balance between pain an ecstasy is what really jumped out at me…esp in relation to the title…an intrusion, which we often think of in a negative light but this one you are willing to face the pain for the pleasure…

    hope you had a good weekend…unsure how i missed this one earlier in the week….


  4. this is a picture card Victoria ~ beautiful writing. Faithfully Debbie


  5. Lindy Lee says:

    Cerulean blue on snow white, a distinctive & familiar scene, as created by Poetess Victoria, quite lovely…


  6. Susan Chast says:

    Lovely image of rare beauty in the dead of winter.


  7. Love the contrasts and the balance. Blue Jay’s have such a beautiful blue.


  8. claudia says:

    contrasted against a snow-draped background)
    to balance ecstasy and pain—-love this… so much beauty and emotions captured… they’re beautiful birds… have never seen one live so far..


  9. ManicDdaily says:

    The backlighting of winter’s beauty is a lovely phrase and thought. Seeing birds in winter always such a great awakening. (For me too at least.) Lovely. k.


  10. A lovely mixture of realism and hope. That jay is gorgeous. We do see jays here but they are not quite so vivid.I


  11. It’s summer here – nice to look at pictures of snow! We have Superb Blue Wrens that have that brilliant blue – always wonderful to see.


  12. Roberta says:

    Lovely! I look forward to settling down and getting creative with words.


  13. scillagrace says:

    What a blue! I would risk cold for that, too. (and it’s below zero here anyway!)


  14. Mary says:

    I do think it is a treat to see interesting birds any season of the year. Really it is said blue jays are in this area, but I haven’t seen on (in summer) here in quite a while. In winter here they are nowhere (wisely enough) to be seen either.


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