Shawn L. Bird

Original poetry, commentary, and fiction. All copyrights reserved.

poem-turn back time January 7, 2015

In Outlander,

Jamie, the good husband, is always giving his wife, Claire,  good advice.

He gives advice to keep her safe.

Stay here in this clearing, away from the soldiers.

Sage advice.

Stay here in the hold, away from the pirates.

Good counsel.

Claire, a modern woman with a mind of her own, makes her own decisions.

Her decisions often run counter to Jamie’s.

Invariably, Jamie has to bail her out of the trouble she’s landed in,

because she didn’t listen to him.


my good husband came home for lunch and said,

“Don’t go out there.  It’s treacherous!  I had to put down salt,

to melt the ice on the driveway!”

When he returned to work,

I saw the mail lady come.

I’m expecting a parcel.

There’s salt down.

What’s the worst that could happen?

I stepped on islands made by salt pellets

down our steep drive,

crossed the slippery road, and was within a meter of the mailbox

when I was splayed out on the edge of the road like a frog.

Ah!  So that’s the worse that could happen.

Stay here in the house, away from the ice, he’d said

And after, my good husband didn’t even say,

“I told you so.”

Oh, if I could turn back time!


DSCN1452  5 hours in Emergency because I have a spiral fracture in my ankle, and apparently orthopaedic surgeon will screw in a plate tomorrow, but at least I don’t have to pay anything for this adventure thanks to Canadian MediCare!


Outlander is written by Diana Gabaldon.  It’s an amazing historical, time-travel, adventure, romance, amazing novel that you should read.  My husband adores it, and tried to get everyone he knows to read it, as do I.


26 Responses to “poem-turn back time”

  1. I love outlander! I don’t love what happened to you 😦 feel better.

  2. oh no! I hope you recover very quickly. Hey look on the bright side, maybe the extra rest will mean more time to write! 🙂

  3. davidprosser Says:

    I hope it’s better soon Good Wife Shawn.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  4. macjam47 Says:

    Take care. I hope it heals quickly. Hugs.

  5. Ouch! Another life lesson learned? Wishing you swift healing!

  6. narble Says:

    My daughter had the same fracture when she was young. Ice was also involved. We were skating. After skating around with her I wanted some speed, so I told her “don’t try to catch me, I’ll be back around and catch you.” Well. She tried to catch me and went down. When I came back around, it was off to Emergency and her leg looked just like yours. She healed up fine.

  7. Listen to the voice of tender love.

  8. So sorry to hear about your unlucky break! Wishing you speedy healing…

  9. simono1968 Says:

    Whoops, that ice is soooo tricky 😉 hope all goes well, just a shame we all cannot sign your cast, am sure it would make interesting reading. Get well soon

  10. writing, writing, words words words. Says:

    Oh!! Thank u for the link so I could get the back-story. I especially love that your husband didn’t say he told you so lol. And thanks for the book recommendation. I’ma check it out.
    Loved the idea of virtual cast-signing. Maybe a limerick. 😉

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