Shawn L. Bird

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poem- time travelling July 6, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:18 pm
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For my eighteenth birthday

He wrote me a song.

Flutes and strings danced

in my honour,

a musical farewell,

recorded on cassette.

I filled the rest of the tape

with a treasury of captured moments:

His playing, my laughter,

melancholy dreams.

All synthesized on

The Lost Tape.


Years of wondering where it went.


Today.  My birthday

I picked up an empty cassette case,

and it was not empty.

The case showed my face,

listed harp tunes by me, but inside

not me:

Ancient history.

A birthday present

from eighteen year old me

to middle-aged me,

magnetic taped


for time-travelling.



I feel inclined to add a photo, which I probably will remove later, so enjoy it while it’s here.  The composer of the song, compiler of the cassette, my grad escort.  Me at 18.  (I had just been swimming, excuse the hair). 😉



41 Responses to “poem- time travelling”

  1. sheketechad Says:

    What an amazing find! Did you have anything to play it on?

  2. sdc41 Says:

    Cassette – brings back memories! There was no skipping to your favourite – so you’d listen to the whole thing – and learn it back the front. There’s heartbreak here – but coping too. Funny what we hold on to!

  3. kiwiskan Says:

    an amazing present. Thanks for sharing. And when you’re that young who cares if your hair is wet…

  4. davidprosser Says:

    You were as beautiful then as now too.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  5. momekool Says:

    Reblogged this on Formed From Sand and commented:
    Happy Birthday to you!

  6. courtknee90 Says:

    I love this one. I can feel the heart that went into it and it’s beautiful!

  7. A very cool short story… in poetic form. I like it!

  8. Embracing a Wounded Soul Says:

    The feeling of finding old memories once lost. I’ve found much lately. Some happy some sad . . . all wonderful. The picture is priceless and compliments your words so perfectly. You were and are a beauty.. Don’t take it away!

  9. keelymyles Says:

    Fun find. HaPpY BiRtHdAy!?!? 😉

  10. C.J. Black Says:

    Cassettes and a Beetle – now there is nostalgia Shawn, still have boxes of cassettes from my early days in radio – memories, memories – ‘those were the days my friend, I hope they never end’ – you could nearly put that to music and have a hit record (now I’ll have to explain what a hit record was, time to sign off I guess)

    • Don’t we have hit records anymore? Hmm.

      My Beetle is from 2000, but still has a cassette rather than a CD player. I usually use one of the power outlets to run an FM transmitter than can play audio books from my iPhone.

      Not a Luddite, despite appearances,
      S/ 😉

  11. storyfairy Says:

    This is a nice poem.
    I love poems about memories, as well as poems about losing things and finding them again. Those are two of my favorite themes, in fact, for both poetry and prose.

  12. macjam47 Says:

    A very lovely poem. What a wonderful surprise for you. It must have been fun listening to after all these years.

  13. Annette Rochelle Aben Says:

    what a gift.. both the story and the experience!

  14. syl65 Says:

    That’s awesome, a treasured find. Enjoying the big smile. Thanks Shawn.

  15. Lorien Says:

    Don’t remove the pic! It’s such a happy thing to look at! Leave it! A service to everyone who wants more sunshine in their lives.

  16. Love it. This is brilliant.

  17. Oh, the picture adds so much.
    My favorite lines were
    “A birthday present

    from eighteen year old me

    to middle-aged me,

    magnetic taped


    for time-travelling.” ~ We got to time travel with you.~Marie

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