Shawn L. Bird

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poem-following March 18, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:26 pm
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Release your words

Let them go

Have faith that they will flutter like leaves




Some will watch and smile as the leaf words go by.

Some will study, approve, disprove, analyze, consider.

Some will see the words upon their landscape, sweep them up

send them away.

One might press your words to savour for another day.

Leaves offer scent, food, shade, beauty, and garden humous.

Every purpose is good.

Release your word leaves

to the purposes they find,

whether they’re what you intended,

or not.

Let them go.

Have faith.



33 Responses to “poem-following”

  1. Absolutely beautiful sentiment. You did it again. 🙂

  2. atimetoshare Says:

    Great advice!

  3. You really have a way with words. Keep up the good work.

  4. May your words bring luscious fruit.

  5. Lorien Says:

    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ x 1000. Loved this! Really beautifully done. It speaks to the perfectionist in me, the one who wants to be recognized through her words by making them accessible, understandable, inspiring. It tells her that they can be let go, that they can serve in ways I may never know or understand. Thank you for this.

  6. Stirring call to arms for writers and poets. Enjoyed!

  7. A.M. Says:

    Have faith.

    This poem is another proof that words, like faith, can move mountains. 🙂

    Thanks for this. 🙂

  8. loydbrown Says:

    I really like this

  9. Awesome. Shawn, your talents have been challenged, if you’re interested follow the link.

    I’d love to see how you interpret this

    • Thanks for the challenge, but I view this one much like the Blog award nominations.

      I’m in the middle of writing a novel, maintaining this blog, and finishing a major project for my graduate studies, so I’m not picking up any more challenges. Thanks anyway!

      • No worries, I completely understand. That is definitely a lot for your plate, but when it’s all said and done, that will be an amazing feeling :).

      • Indeed! Though when it comes to an end, I suspect a few other projects will leap out of the ether.

      • I’ve heard that’s usually how Murphy and his silly law works haha. Keep trooping trooper :). Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to have to involved in the next little “challenge” I do.

  10. kathryneann Says:

    LOVE this! It is an encouragement, a pronouncement and an invitation. Excellent!

  11. That is really beautiful

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  14. Featured this as my Spotlight Saturday. Great metaphor!

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