Garden Bird

With a satchel of blue on the side
authority of a teacher as he
flies in from the tops. His kiln

dried feathers, magpie dash.
Nut carrier beak that opens as
a book telling horrors in the deep wood.

When the screech spears, shivers
the leaves, unsettles the bark.
Leaving creased skin for tree creepers

to rummage up and a shaken spine
for anyone walking through.

By Gareth Culshaw

brown jay with blue wing patches on tree

Gareth lives in North Wales. He loves the outdoors especially Snowdonia. He is published in various magazines across the U.K. Visit his website here.

Photo of common jay, garrulus glandarius, by Olga Koroleva

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