Shawn L. Bird

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

poem-cure May 26, 2017

The demons are hiding around corners

lurking in the shadows

watching you.

I know you feel the weight

of their gaze

hear the clink of their weapons

every day.

On the sunny days,

you outrun them

find smiles to return to those

around you

in their circles of care.

Other days,

smiles are barred growls,

the glow of sinister eyes pacing

around you,

squeezing life and hope

as their circle crushes in,

suffocating you.

Your demons on their unwitting backs

Your demons in their unwitting smiles

Your demons on their unwitting feet

Your demons in their expectations

Your incessant demons

invisible to others,

writhing,

circling,

just

there.

 

 

 

 

 

poem-just when May 25, 2017

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Just when I think there’s been a change

Just when I think the brain’s been rearranged

Just when I think obstacles have been constrained

There’s a smash, crashing return to the old

The opening petals refuse to unfold

The rebirthing story will not be told

Just when I imagine, my hope’s short-changed.

Reality is bitterly cold.

My expectations are really what’s strange.

 

quote- Desmond Tutu on writing May 23, 2017

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If you want to be a good writer, you are not going to become one by always  going to the movies and eating bonbons.  You have to sit down and write. Which can be very frustrating, and yet, without that, you would not get that good result.

-Archbishop Desmond Tutu in The Book of Joy.

 

poem-sparkles

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The light of you

twinkles on your skin

sends shooting stars crackling from the top of your head.

The light of you

glows blue green like  phosphorescence

attracting, inviting.

You are bio-luminescence

shimmering on an ocean,

trails flowing after you  like an evening gown.

I reach to dip my hand into the water and watch the light

die in my palm.

I long to live in your light,

bathe in the beauty,

float in the flotilla of the mesmerized, microscopic worshipers

flowing after you.

But you go your way

and I go home.

I gaze after you, and wonder if you’ve shared enough of you,

for me to generate light

of my own.

.

.

.

(for Sheri-D)

It’s always a let down at the end of a conference to leave the like minds of other writers, and return home to quotidian life.  This was a particularly good conference for me, with lots of messages from the universe (or rather one that just kept coming up over and over).  I am hopeful the words will be off on interesting journeys as a result of the learning.

 

quote- word spirit May 22, 2017

Filed under: Quotations,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:34 am
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Speaking of how the Dalai Lama can fill a stadium of people to hear him speak, Desmond Tutu observed,

It’s not the words.

It’s the spirit behind the words.

(in The Book of Joy.)

When I read really great writing, I sense the ‘something’ that takes it from good to phenomenal.  I was recently judging poetry, for example, and for most pieces, it was easy to set them aside as pretty words to something worth a second look.  Others grabbed me and were set in the possible winner pile.  My co-judges ended up with piles that included the same pieces.  They were special.

I just spent the weekend at the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival in Salmon Arm.  I have reached the place in my writing where I have many skills.  I am shortlisted for many competitions. But I often feel that ‘something’ is missing, and judges must too, since I have never won a first.  What is it?  This is the year I’ve been specifically searching for the answer.  Through the course of the weekend, I found a familiar refrain through many workshops.   The universe was answering my question.

It’s about intention.

We need to know WHY we’re telling the story.  We need to know the audience and we need to know why we’re telling the story to THAT person (different things, possibly).  Knowing these things puts a point of focus on the work that can elevate its power.

So I have this newfound knowledge in my pocket, and the next day, Desmond Tutu tells me this.  It’s the spirit behind the word.  What is that if not intention? I think personality is spirit, but fundamentally, it’s about intention.  The Dalai Lama’s intention is spreading peace, love, and acceptance.  It’s the spirit of the words he speaks, and the truth behind his intention resonates deeply within those who hear him.  I’m not sure, precisely, how to do this, but I am fairly certain that like dealing with addiction, acknowledging it is the first step.

 When the universe has a message for you, it can get quite insistent.

Well then.

Let’s begin.

 

quote- home May 21, 2017

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“Wherever you have friends, that’s your country.

Wherever you receive love, that’s your home.”

Tibetan proverb quoted by the Dalai Lama in The Book of Joy (I highly recommend this book!)

This quote brilliantly summarizes my experience of life with and as an exchange student.   Half your heart has moved to a new location.

 

poem- yellow May 15, 2017

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The green gold glistens

in the spring light

waving languidly in the breeze

as if to greet friends

seen from a great distance.