Poemsby Emily Dickinson

The Blue Jay

 No brigadier throughout the year So civic as the jay. A neighbor and a warrior too, With shrill felicity 
 Pursuing winds that censure us A February day, The brother of the universe Was never blown away. 
 The snow and he are intimate; I 've often seen them play When heaven looked upon us all With such severity, 
 I felt apology were due To an insulted sky, Whose pompous frown was nutriment To their temerity. 
 The pillow of this daring head Is pungent evergreens; His larder - terse and militant - Unknown, refreshing things; 
 His character a tonic, His future a dispute; Unfair an immortality That leaves this neighbor out.