Today I was supposed to discover something. So I remembered discovering a little nest with baby Stellar's Jays in it. They were astonishing ugly and I was amazed that something as stunning as a Stellar's Jay should have an offspring that looked like that..... but for all that, they were sort of adorable too.... And then mom dive bombed me and I left her family in peace.
I climbed a tree and found a nest,
A little nest of twig and string
With unfledged jaybirds, loud within,
Noisy, new and ravenous.
They were ugly and undressed,
Feeble, blind, unfeathered things,
Crying mouths, altricial skin,
Timid, weak and tremulous.
And yet I loved their ugliness,
The new life, bare and trembling
The plaintive calling, hungry, thin,
Fragile, fair and wondrous.
I looked at latent loveliness
The hidden flight in useless wings,
The faint first colour, coming in:
Blue and black and lustrous.