Shawn L. Bird

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6 word poem in summary of my life October 1, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:07 am
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I was lying in the bath, trying to think of a sentence that summarizes my life at the moment and I came up with

“I am home”

This summarizes my essential contentment with everything in my life: my new continuing contract at a school I love, opportunity to write and receive feedback from wonderful readers, and my brilliant husband of many, many years and the time we have together.

That just seemed too simple, so I thought of 6 word poems, and decided I needed 3 more words, and ended up with,

“Wherever I am, I am home”

Now I feel like a philosopher. ๐Ÿ™‚

I first discovered this concept when I was an exchange student in Finland, and I realised that even though I was known as ‘The Canadian Evangelist” (because as the lone Canadian in my district, lost in a sea of Americans, I was obliged to be loud and proud about national superiority) I knew that I could quite happily have stayed in Finland. ย I have experienced this sensation many times since. ย If you’re content in your skin, ย and you’re connected to those around you, it doesn’t matter where you are physically. ย You can live in a tent and be well satisfied.

Explaining it completely defeats the purpose of it being only 6 words, doesn’t it? lol

How about you? ย What’s your 6 word poem? (with or without long-winded explanation!) ๐Ÿ˜‰


50 Responses to “6 word poem in summary of my life”

  1. solbluesol Says:

    Learning to Listen ~
    With ~
    My Heart

  2. Sounds like a grand place to be:)

    • Well you know, ‘home is where the heart is’ and mine is all over the place, apparently. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • From coast to coast…you in BC and sometimes you are here in Quebec ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I ‘lived’ in Quebec as an exchange student one summer, in St. George de Beauce. Beautiful area. My daughter spent three months in Matane. My father is from Montreal. My grand-father grew up in La Malbaie. We have some history there in body as well as in word.

      • And I am so enjoying Grace Awakening!! Lots of nice examples of bullying too! I am reading a few books at the same time…so reading slow but loving it!!

      • That’s great! It always makes me happy to hear from people enjoying my work! Please leave a review where you purchased it and/or on Goodreads.

      • I shall indeed! and my private muse has another blog so she`ll add her 2cents worth too:) You write really well…it shows you work with youths, you relate so well with their way of seeing the world and communicating. After I finish I may recommend I to where I work for youths to read:) ciao, Shawn Oiseau ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • lol When I taught French, my students called me Mme. Oiseau. ๐Ÿ™‚ My daughter did not appreciate my transliteration, because she says, “You don’t translate names!” This assertion despite the fact that one of her dear friends in high school had the last name Black, a translation of their name in Czech when they immigrated when she was in elementary school. My Finnish connections call me “Lintu” (i.e. bird in Finnish).

        If you recommend Grace Awakening for teacher/school use, there is a study guide available.

      • Really!? Well, I am reading it as a youth counsellor and if our Knowledge Management Writers find it appropriate they may put it on our website. ๐Ÿ™‚ A study guide, eh? Wow, I am really impressed!!

      • The study guide has 3 different foci= Greek mythology, poetry, and story.

      • Oh I like that!! Can I order that online too? Any Greek mythology I learned in high school was 4 years of translating prose and poetry from Latin to English.

      • No, you just have to ask me nicely, and I’ll hunt through my files and send it to you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • May I have the study guide…nicely and softly spoken, Cheryl-Lynn asks with pleading eyes:)

      • I shall hunt through my files for you. Give me a day or two. Nag me via the About Page email if you don’t have it by Friday, okay?

      • Ok…thanks…got carried away with my o the blog…must get to bed now…sheeesh, almost 4am!

  3. Ar Vhee Says:

    I am
    A work
    In progress

  4. hughiegibson Says:

    Dreams of soaring
    Us grounded

  5. emberyn Says:

    I came up with several (I love six word poetry). But they all seemed too bleak to hang from such a positive post.

    This post is beautiful, thank you.

  6. Excellent post! Mine would be: Stories inside, fighting to get out.

  7. Always Striving, Never Resting: Fixing That!

  8. Suzi Says:

    Standing on a branch ready to fly

  9. Mine would be “I write because I have to.” Love this post!

  10. Mine would be “I write because I have to.” Or another would be “My heart takes flight, with life!”

  11. laurenes1999 Says:

    ‘Wherever I am, she is too’
    It relates to my last post which I’d love for you all to read. Basically it’s saying I’m always looking for something I already have but will never see.

  12. alexraphael Says:

    Great idea Shawn ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. alexraphael Says:

    Great idea Shawn. Love your 6 words too. It says so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Pia Says:

    I recently watched a TED talk, the speaker said that home is not only where we sleep but also where we stand. Your words are radiant, Shawn. Please continue lighting the world with them. Best, Pia

  15. Love it. I always look forward to reading your blog.

  16. “Peace is knowing who I am.”

  17. C.J. Black Says:

    Write poetry in six words, impossible.

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