Blue Sky

The morning is spent, and me with it.

Hours of pulling weeds, spreading wood chips,

planning which shrubs to transplant where…

Some call it gardening.

It’s blatant manipulation, really;

rearranging earth’s flora to satisfy human aesthetic.


From my chair on the porch, I look skyward.

“Ah,” muse has joined me. “The sky is yours to ponder.”

I ponder muse instead. “The sky is mine?”


A scrub jay has been eavesdropping.

REE REE REALLY!?! his strident call inquires.

He flits away, a blue blur among green leaves.


WHO WHOOO WHO, questions a collared dove

from a tree further distant.

Who says the sky is yours?

I glare at muse. “See what you started?”


A lone grey pigeon cuts expanding circles above.

Owning the sky, eh, muse?

Usually, the homing pigeons fly in multiples.

Raised by a neighbor, I am told,

who lets them out regularly for exercise.

Are they his, I wonder? Or does he – in reality –

manipulate earth’s fauna for human enjoyment?


In the course of fifteen minutes three jets have passed overhead,

marring the bright blue sky with jagged white contrails.

Two big crows eye me from a nearby fence.

“No,” I sigh. “The sky is not ours.”

We just pollute earth’s elements for human convenience.


I’ve pondered enough. I’m going inside.

“The sky is mine,” I scoff, shaking my head.

“– to ponder… I said ‘to ponder’,” muse mutters.

“It was just a thought that struck me, like — out of the blue.”

“Tell that to the birds,” I say.



for dVerse poetics challenge: Blue Tuesday

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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19 Responses to Blue Sky

  1. Ingrid says:

    I love how you’ve framed this as an argument with your muse! And the sad truth:

    ‘“No,” I sigh. “The sky is not ours.”

    We just pollute earth’s elements for human convenience.”

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  2. Ohh, yes, the muse struck! Must be from throwing the earth around. Always does more than one trick. This is wonderfully multi-layered and full of silent conversation. “Track of the airplane – like the track of toothpaste on the cheek,” said an aphorist (Duško Radović, in Serbian).

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  3. kim881 says:

    I enjoyed your original take on the prompt, Maggie, and smiled at the argument between poet and muse. I’d be a bit tetchy after hours of pulling weeds and spreading wood chips. I agree with the description of gardening as ‘rearranging earth’s flora to satisfy human aesthetic’ – I’ve let mine run wild. I don’t blame the birds for disputing who owns the sky either, especially when we ‘pollute earth’s elements for human convenience.’

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    • Maggie C says:

      Thank you, Kim. In truth, I am working to restore a significant portion of my yard to native plants, but it still seems rather contrived. Once established, I will probably leave it to the plants to work it out on their own.

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  4. Beverly Crawford says:

    Your opening line engaged me and made me smile, and your sky ponderings were equally engaging. Great write!

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  5. robtkistner says:

    Excellent Maggie, well written! Enjoyed this, though not the aspect of pollution.

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  6. Sunra Rainz says:

    I very much enjoyed your conversation with the muse, I wanted it to continue! 🙂

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  7. I truly hate the messing up of the sky by vapour trails. The birds manage to get from a to b without polluting. If we can’t we should stay at home!

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  8. I think that this makes me think of humanity at large and how we fail to realize that the earth cannot be owned… if anything we are awned by nature..

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