Shawn L. Bird

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poem-waiting in line March 11, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:21 pm
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Another car

goes ice dancing



from one side of the road to the other

Sending inhabitants flying

in the death spiral.

Stop! Accident scene!

and I must wait

First in line

While 3 ambulances

2 fire trucks

2 marked police cars

4 unmarked police cars

and 2 tow trucks

sort everything out

45 mins late for work

this morning

but thankful

not to be

in one of the ambulances.

I was doing that

ice dance in the same place yesterday.

One moment we are travellers

the next we are dancers

facing a sudden stop

and a different journey.




40 Responses to “poem-waiting in line”

  1. Relieved you are okay. The weather is so tricky lately. Since Sunday we get huge snowfalls the next day it melts…just enough snow to annoy, frustrate and put travelers in harm’s way. Don’t drive like we do here…keep your distance…be safe:)

  2. narble Says:

    Black ice is the worst.

  3. So scary!!! I’m glad you’re okay! I once had to walk a bit on an icy sidewalk… I slipped and bumped my head. Ice sucks!

    • ‘once had to walk’ ha ha! Only once? We can count on walking on ice for a quarter of the year. Walking isn’t so bad (so long as you’re being careful and have the right footwear) but driving is very unpredictable.

      • hahaha, technically, this year I only walked once, on an icy sidewalk. I’ve been hibernating most of the winter, so I only go out if I need to :p. I go back to work next month (thank goodness it’ll be Spring).

  4. Duke Says:

    I think I am glad not to be an area where this happens. Your work gets better each time. Many Canadians come here half the year.

  5. Ah, the joys of winter driving! I’m glad you were unscathed and wish you safe travels through the season. πŸ™‚

  6. RoSy Says:

    Eek – I know the feeling & have seen the scenes. Glad that you are ok.

  7. Kim R Says:

    A few too many white knuckle drives this winter I imagine. Glad you are safe. I keep peeking out at the flower bed to see if any spring bulbs are brave enough to poke through the last bit of snow.

    • Oooh. Spring bulbs. You have just reminded me that I did plant a bag of tulip bulbs in assorted pots at the front of the house. I wonder whether they’re coming up soon?

  8. seanbidd Says:

    How different your world is to the tropics here, where barely even a frost can raise itself.

    • We are definitely a “Four Season’s Playground.” Each season happens on schedule. Winters with lots of snow for skating, skiing, and the like, spring full of fruit blossoms and vivid green, long, hot summers while folks play on the lake (1000 km of shoreline around Shuswap Lake…) or hike in the forests, a colourful autumn with ripe fruit and crisp air… It’s a lovely place to live.

      • seanbidd Says:

        I’ve been trying to find some reasonable local footage to share, but for now, Capricorn, and the central, be like tropical fruit in a land still wild, choice, and taste… Two seasons reside, “The Wet” & “The Dry”, bush fires followed by cyclones, then the greens to the grass browns to golds, while later the winds run up from the Southern Ocean across the desert country. Vast in time between droughts, and floods. For late Spring to early Autumn, the Coral Sea, islands, rivers, and coastal forests bear their fruit. For the remainder, all of the above, plus the sandstone highlands, where gorges, and tablelands bind their nests above the basins, and flood plains, a selection in cool dry fruit, where rains fill their reserves just months before.

        Here’s a little via BushTV

        Local music, and a little of the world here.

        Sorry thoughts a little scattered. A thousand kilometres of lake sounds incredible.

      • Thanks for sharing! The lake itself isn’t a thousand kilometres, the shoreline is. If you check out the map, you’ll see how that works. The lake itself is 310 km2.

      • seanbidd Says:

        Totally understand ambulatory boundaries to bodies of water (have surveyed a few over the years), hence why I left the squaring off. I was thinking more of the thousand km to walk around the lake, it would take a day or two.

        The nearest lake here, a human made one, is only about half the surface area size at 150km2 and way more shallow. But it’s three hours drive from here

      • πŸ™‚ It would be quite an adventure to walk around it. Kayaking around it, hugging the shore, would likely be easier. πŸ˜‰

      • seanbidd Says:

        πŸ™‚ Definitely would be easier to paddle around the shoreline.

      • seanbidd Says:

        And sorry, Shawn, did not realise the urls would preview the videos in the comment section.

      • I don’t mind. Don’t worry about it.

  9. Hi this is incredible , thanks for liking “Could It Be” and following “The post it blog” it means a lot, and is really cool given that you are so talented and well-known, I’m only 12 so every like and follow gets me moving forward. Thank you so much and your poetry and works are quite remarkable, I look forward to seeing more.

    • I have been writing poetry since I was 8, and I wish I’d had the opportunity to have a blog when I was 12! Good for you! πŸ™‚ Every poet you read can help you fine tune something in your own poetic voice (even if it’s “How can I avoid doing this?”) Good luck with your writing!

  10. realasheesh Says:

    i really wish you’d help me write like you do. its so inspiring and so good. i totally love everything you write. i do πŸ˜€

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