Juniper Jewels

Blue Juniper berries

Jewel-bright juniper berries
dangled like azure fairies
amidst needles unfurled,
seeking the eyes of every bird.
Berries stayed sugar sweet
until fermenting was complete.
Early spring, greedy bluejays
fell down tipsy over two days,
leaving feathers ruffled aft.
How the crows laughed.

Copyright 2016 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: Some birds actually eat too many fermented berries and behave badly. Once I discovered that, I just had to write a poem about it. I also ran across a hilarious video of African animals overindulging on Marula fruit. A more serious poem about juniper berries is here. Have a great week!

34 thoughts on “Juniper Jewels

  1. Wow! I grew up around a lot of junipers and never knew it made birds drunk, just like those berries in Africa that make all the critters drunk. Of course blue jays crows are always laughing, even if they are not drunk, but I bet they do it even more when drunk. I think you should teach your critters Juniper Berry moderation. My Holler critters would NEVER behave like this. Drunk and disorderly? Heavens no! They are perpetually disorderly without even a bit of Juniper berry.

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  2. I was trying to picture how juniper berries would taste and it makes my mouth wrinkle and my nose crinkle with the pungent evergreen smell which probably permeates the berries. Birds getting “punch drunk” on juniper berries makes me giggle, Brenda! I like your pretty beginning words. I will check out the serious poem now, I think I may have read it once awhile ago. . . Have a lovely week ahead. 🙂

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