Ho! Jay
Sentinel of the Pinon, Guardian of the Mountain Lea
Harbinger of the Shifting, Blue-feathered Coyote:
I honor thee...
I honor thy brash, insistent Word
that wakens me from my Dream;
I honor thy bold, intrusive Way
that spoils the Darklings' scheme;
I honor thy Feathers left for me
as Talismen of the Web,
whose Touch of warning truly makes
the difference 'tween Life and Death.