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Jay and Goldie


The town water hole has always been the meeting place. Jay the Steller’s  jay and Goldie the golden crowned sparrow meet there for a quick conversation.

“Oh, yuck! Who messed in the drinking water?”


“Was it you?”

“Are you talking to me?”

Wish he’d just hurry up and get his drink and leave. Nobody else gets a turn with him around.


Goldie wants a little sip,

Just enough to wet her lip.

Jay enjoys to dominate,

Making her procrastinate.


Jay is bigger and he’s mean,

Something Goldie’s never been.

She will put up with his swagger,

Though her look is like a dagger.


She will stand her ground below,

Quick to flee if she must go.

Jay the bully squawks a lot,

Manners are what he has not.


Gentle Goldie waits him out,

Has no need to screech and shout.

Jay gets bored and leaves the scene,

Goldie breathes, once more serene.

Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

37 thoughts on “Jay and Goldie

  1. I love this birdie exchange and your poem is adorable!

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  2. Wonderful poem, these two should not be married.

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  3. So cute! Love the photos. I used to have bird feeders, but the raccoons ruined it for everyone!

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  4. A metaphor for life, Anneli.

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  5. Dear Anneli,
    GREAT! Pictures and text.
    Keep well and happy
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  6. I love your little rhyme and the pictures – poor little Goldie had to wait till the bully left.


  7. Two birds we don’t see here. The jay’s colouring is striking.

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  8. Touching story! Anneli, your photos combined with some delightful dialogue brings an ordinary bird bath to life.

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  9. Love this.. beautiful words and image.

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  10. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times (or even more!). THESE POEMS MUST BE SET IN A BOOK! For children and adults to read. With your photos, if possible! I really love them, Anneli. When I was a child, I knew no difference between a Jay and a cardinal or a woodpecker or even a hawk! Finally, now that I live in and around woods, I’ve familiarized myself with the wonder of birds, their personalities and quirks. You “show” these so perfectly in your poems. I’ll buy several copies – for myself and friends!!

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  11. Jays are very bossy.

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  12. Lovely photos and poetic story! We don’t get Jays down here … thank goodness by the sounds of it! 😆

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