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These Blue Jays
Joe Cottonwood


are bad engineers
tuck sticks
in sloppy piles
ignore my advice
in fact scream at my suggestions
and yet the nest
grows round
somehow cozy
including a red ribbon
found somewhere
a gift from a gift
now woven
among blue eggs
seeming random
yet chosen

© by Joe Cottonwood.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Joe Cottonwood is a semi-retired contractor with a lifetime of small jobs repairing homes. He lives with his high school sweetheart under redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, caring for curly-haired dogs and straight-haired grandchildren. Joe's latest book is Random Saints. Learn more about him at



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so charming :)
Posted 07/19/2022 03:17 AM
Wilda Morris:
A small but excellent poem!
Posted 07/03/2022 09:02 AM
"a gift from a gift" indeed.
Posted 07/01/2022 01:15 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautifully expressed.
Posted 07/01/2022 12:51 PM
Yes, and a gift from a gift, too.
Posted 07/01/2022 09:39 AM
Janet Leahy:
My favorite line in this poem, "seeming random, yet chosen." I think humans are also like that, we end up with a plethora of random friends and things, yet we have somehow chosen them to be in our lives
Posted 07/01/2022 09:30 AM
Good one!!
Posted 07/01/2022 09:18 AM
Left a smile on my face.
Posted 07/01/2022 08:34 AM
I always enjoy Joe's poems. Great wit.
Posted 07/01/2022 07:08 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I was happy to read a poem by my secret brother and favorite male poet. I love how Joe can create a poem about blue jays, his grandchildren or a stranger with the same skill and care with which he builds houses. I loved the humor and metaphor of blue jays as "bad engineers" and the alliteration in "scream at my suggestions." .
Posted 07/01/2022 05:39 AM

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