Shawn L. Bird

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Found poem- from the WordPress blog roll April 24 2013 17.46-18.04 hours PDT April 24, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:30 pm
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(If you should see a line from your poem in this, please link to it in the comments!)  Each line is taken from a poem on the blog roll, in order, backwards in time.


I can’t sing you a sad song.

   patience for life’s lovers

      all these people,

         opened up,

              howl like children

                 for something different in these places.

Mermaids only dream

   our burning love.

I will not take

    first dandelions,

       each one a kiss

           weighing heavy on my heart.

Warm breath on my neck,

     I have burned.

I could write between the lines

     the many masks of the broken child:

        Rainbow sprays in the garden.

I love you still.

Lullaby sea

     has aged gracefully.

Time has taken

    the dewdrops of sadness

         awaiting damnation,

              silencing the crowds.

Blink of an eye,

     what was wholly irrelevent

            blossoms in the mind:

                  I never see you smiling.

Life makes us cynical,

      oddly balanced.

That impossible moment

      lights the trees,

           the sky looks like me.


44 Responses to “Found poem- from the WordPress blog roll April 24 2013 17.46-18.04 hours PDT”

  1. RoSy Says:

    Pretty cool idea!

  2. kingmidget Says:

    I don’t see a line from one of mine, but it’s incredible nonetheless. Great job.

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      It’s fascinating how it always seems to come together into something interesting, though it’d be nice if people wrote about happier stuff! 😉

      • kingmidget Says:

        As I say to people who complain that what I write is depressing … Where’s the drama in happy?

      • Shawn Bird Says:

        There can be a lot of drama in happy, fighting to be so. It is rarely a straight forward, simple thing to choose, in the face of difficulty, to take the HARD road, and choose to be content.

        Ask anyone battling mental illness whether being happy is easy and drama-free…

      • kingmidget Says:

        Fighting for happiness, struggling to get there … yes, that’s drama, but the story is in the overcoming of the struggle, of the despair, of the whatever it is that is in the way of happiness. 🙂

  3. spitfire30 Says:

    Creating something like this is a novel talent in itself 😀

  4. I’m not sure if “Warm breath on my neck” is mine lol!! I rarely remember my own works *sadness personified* Yet this was an amazing cacophony of words!!

  5. El Santo Says:

    Nothing from me… but still… this is a fantastic experiment! I love it!

  6. Brilliant. Last week I posted an experiment similar to yours…. what does it say? Of course, we are all One!

  7. lisaelskerarvid Says:

    Nominert deg til family award😃

  8. What a fun idea! I love found poetry, and this is a lovely example. Thanks for posting it.

  9. silencing the crowds. You scored.

  10. holdenlyric Says:

    Oh, I like this concept a lot!

  11. Rev. Z Says:

    Wow. This is really cool! Excellent job!

  12. Shawn Bird Says:

    Reblogged this on Shawn L. Bird and commented:

    Still theoretically doing my Camp NaNo with no time to be composing poetry. (ech hem) So here’s another repost, this time from a few months ago.

  13. Bee Says:

    Interesting idea

  14. thommya Says:

    Intriguing idea – couldn’t tell you if any of my lines were there, but it got me to read the whole thing. 🙂

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      If you go to your own blog, check for what you posted on April 24, and calculate the time for your area to Pacific Daylight Time, you should know whether a line could be there… 😉 Generally a line is taken from the first half dozen lines of the originating poem if that helps.

  15. wordsthatetch Says:

    creative idea… 🙂

  16. Imelda Says:

    This is beautiful, Shawn. 🙂

    I recognized a line from an Elfjie of mine. Thanks for the honor. 🙂

  17. This is beautiful, and what a great idea. lots of stunning imagery, but my favourite lines I think are, ‘I will not take first dandelions each one a kiss’. Not sure why, but it really touches me…

    • Shawn Bird Says:

      Isn’t it fascinating how the lines create images and meaning? I find this a very powerful poem technique, which reveals the talent of WordPress poets!

  18. kabirgandhiok Says:

    Wow what a fantastic poem, and a great idea. You’re very talented! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this awesome piece of work 🙂

  19. Karin Wiberg Says:

    That turned out great!!

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