her wishes are simple:
No steps in the hall
no hovering hand
no panting breath
she wishes in vain.
This was awesome.
life’s not easy and the holidays are not joyful for many…a reminder that we sometimes need when life is a bowl of cherries.
Yes. A lot of kids find the holidays really difficult. If school is the safe place, and it’s not available for a couple of weeks, they’re stuck.
:(…yes, that’s so true, makes me want to hug them all.
This is so spot on it’s brilliant. So much, in so few words.
A story I’ve heard too often, I’m afraid.
This is kinda scary. Seems like something or someone is out to do her harm! Fright Night!!
Truth is more horrible than the movies.
But needs to be told
Darkness can be so confusing!
I’m gonna guess it is about rape and abuse?? It sounds a lot like what it sounds like.
Thanks. I really like it. your poems are a great read!
Thank you for the compliment.
Before clicking on the link to your blog I expected the new post would be a heart-warming poem. But it turned out to be a heart-rending one. Life is full of surprises. Best wishes, Shawn.
One has to mix it up now and then, if one is to keep telling truthful tales.
Reblogged this on Wonderland of stories for kids and commented:
One for the day.
very moving..simple yet powerful.
evocative lines , shawn… wishes may be in vain not just in darkness but even in broad daylight , in a school in peshawar , where 132 children , ages ranging from 5 to 14 , were brutally shot dead by terrorists a couple of days ago…
I know. What a horrible situation. No person of faith behaves that way. Do you think the fact that a number of children of Pakistani army were among the dead, that there will be increased interest in attacking the Taliban?
Counter action by pak army is already happening…but the sad part is it is going to be short-lived as there exists a vested interest in Pakistan keen on retaining terrorism as an instrument of state policy and keeping it directed against India, not knowing that they are feeding a Frankenstein that will eventually destroy Pakistan…
Really scary to think of all the innocent lives that will be impacted by this attitude.
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Shawn Bird is a high school English teacher, poet, and YA author in the beautiful Shuswap region of British Columbia, Canada. She is a proud member of Rotary and a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student.
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