Shawn L. Bird

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poem-warrior weary September 16, 2014

Filed under: Poetry,Teaching — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:54 pm
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(I was just called a “Warrior Teacher Knitting Goddess”
I think that might be my favourite compliment ever).
I am weary
Warring with words
is exhausting work
Protect democracy
Fight one battle at a time
under emotional
and financial strain
Ready to go the distance,
and now they announce
a truce, a treaty, an agreement.
The evil despot smiles
and claims a mutual victory
With narrowed eyes
I doubt.
I have seen lies
pour like water from those lips
and I will never trust that truth
comes from her tongue.
The generals say
it is over, if we weary warriors
say it is over.
I am setting down my
metaphorical sword
with looks over my shoulder
ready to pick up the picket
and battle again
if the conditions of surrender
prove unpalatable.
Democracy is worth
personal devastation,
but it is exhausting work
being a warrior.

21 Responses to “poem-warrior weary”

  1. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    You are doing it right! Trying to make the world a better place is hard work. You go girl! Hugs, Barbara

  2. toad2014 Says:

    i don’t believe i recall, you ever writing about your life as i have said…

    i find this piece outstanding written work….

  3. davidprosser Says:

    Lets hope it’s your side that dictates the terms and gets a cast iron agreement that they will be honoured.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  4. Geo Sans Says:

    as a bc citizen
    thank you

  5. Hope you get a good, realistic outcome weary warrior!

  6. Megan Says:

    Lovely work here. I love that this poem comes full circle. The description after putting down the metaphorical sword is my favorite part.

  7. howardat58 Says:

    At least you get a vote.

    • It’s still a democratic process for some of us.

      I feel sorry for the party politicians for whom it is not a democratic process. They were gagged very thoroughly. Plutocracy making its presence felt.

  8. onewithclay Says:

    “To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in conquering the enemy without fighting.” -Sun Tzu

    “Sometimes you gotta fight to be a [non-doormat].” Roger Bowling and Billy Ed Wheeler, from “Coward of the County”

  9. Lorien Says:

    You’re welcome! 😀 And now, take a long, hot bath and soak those weary bones…you have fought the good fight. Time to retreat and regain your strength should there be another battle. Sending thoughts your way for an outcome that meets everyone’s needs.

  10. ltflener Says:


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