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Famous Bluejay Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Bluejay poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous bluejay poems. These examples illustrate what a famous bluejay poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Aiken, Conrad
...Fanfare of northwest wind, a bluejay wind
announces autumn, and the equinox
rolls back blue bays to a far afternoon.
Somewhere beyond the Gorge Li Po is gone,
looking for friendship or an old love's sleeve
or writing letters to his children, lost,
and to his children's children, and to us.
What was his light? of lamp or moon or sun?
Say that it changed, for better or for worse,
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by Levine, Philip
pepper plants and clipped stalk 
of snap bean. Mid-afternoon 
and already the grass is dry 
under the low sun. Bluejay 
and dark capped juncos hidden 
in dense foliage waiting 
the sun's early fall, when she 
returns alone to hear them 
call and call back, and finally 
in the long shadows settle 
down to rest and to silence 
in the sudden rising chill.


Two boys are playing ball 
in the backyard, throwing it 
back and forth in the afternoon's 
bright su...Read More

by Riley, James Whitcomb
Yit you'll hear 'em more er less; 
Sapsucks gittin' down to biz, 
Weedin' out the lonesomeness; 
Mr. Bluejay, full o' sass, 
In them baseball clothes o' his, 
Sportin' round the orchad jes' 
Like he owned the premises! 
Sun out in the fields kin sizz, 
But flat on yer back, I guess, 
In the shade's where glory is! 
That's jes' what I'd like to do 
Stiddy fer a year er two! 

Plague! Ef they ain't somepin' in 
Work 'at kind o' goes ag'in' 
My convictions! - ...Read More

by Stevens, Wallace
...bursting from the clouds. So the wind
Threw its contorted strength around the sky.

Could you have said the bluejay suddenly
Would swoop to earth? It is a wheel, the rays
Around the sun. The wheel survives the myths.
The fire eye in the clouds survives the gods.
To think of a dove with an eye of grenadine
And pines that are cornets, so it occurs,
And a little island full of geese and stars:
It may be the ignorant man, alone,
Has any chance to m...Read More

by Riley, James Whitcomb
...ight that knows 
No more its airy visions of pure joy -- 
As when you were a boy.

There was a cherry-tree. The Bluejay sat 
His blue against its white -- O blue as jet 
He seemed there then!-- But now -- Whoever knew 
He was so pale a blue!

There was a cherry-tree -- our child-eyes saw 
The miracle:-- Its pure white snows did thaw 
Into a crimson fruitage, far too sweet 
But for a boy to eat.

There was a cherry-tree, give thanks and joy!-- 
There was a bloom of...Read More

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