Showing posts with label Mary Sayler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mary Sayler. Show all posts

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Inventing The Blue Jay

by Mary Harwell Sayler
after reading Pattiann Rogers

Inventing the Blue Jay

First the calming
of heat into the flint
of an eye, the quieting
of noise into the raucous
rattle and chirr of a dark
beak sharpened to hint
at infrequent melodies in
a musical queedle-queedle,
then the taming of waters,
many waters poured into
the conjecture of a wing….
Darkness, light separate in
the cooling breast, the V
of every color – blended,
banned, absorbed. Male
or female matters little
until nesting time when
a grass-lined nest – loose,
uneven but concealed in
the forked crotch of an
oak or conifer – holds a
cache of greenish eggs,
brown-speckled, with the
promise of expansion into
peopled places where new
neighbors press tighter
and tighter like beautiful
blue jays banding:
colorful creatures,
occasional pests.
Forgive them.

“Inventing the Blue Jay” by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2012, first appeared in the Saint Katherine Review, Vol. 2, Number 3, Fall 2012, then in the book of natural and spiritual poetry, Living in the Nature Poem, published by the environmentally-focused publisher, Hiraeth Press, who later added an e-book version.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Divine Cardiology

by Mary Harwell Sayler

Love pours
from the veins,

rushes through
blood cells
parting a red sea.

Your infusing love
transfuses me,
induces me
to come home:

In God’s heart are
many chambers.

© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. “Divine Cardiology” appears in the book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.

Outside Eden, paperback