Shawn L. Bird

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field of dreams August 21, 2011

Filed under: Commentary,narrative,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:01 am
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I’ve never responded to a short story prompt, but why not?  Here is something new for this blog!

An offering for the Short Story slam prompt:

My grandmother looked over the field of ripening grain and saw into her future.   She saw my grandfather driving his beat up ’46 Ford pick-up down the dusty road, saw six babies, saw  two funerals, four weddings, and then she saw me.

I was wailing in a cradle, waiting and wailing.  The house was filling with smoke.  She saw two more funerals.

On the day of the fire, my grandmother phoned my mother.  “You be careful, hon.”  Grandmother could feel the fire coming.

My mom, she told me later, had laughed dismissively.  “Yes, ma.”  She had set out the candles and was enjoying the twinkling.  She fell asleep on the couch.  Dad was in bed, gone to bed early because he was on the early shift the next day.  One candle had caught the drapes.  The house was engulfed in moments.

Grandmother felt the flames grab the fabric, and phoned.  When there was no answer, she called the fire department.  They didn’t ask how someone 400 miles away knew there was a fire.  They went.  They found me, waiting for them and wailing to tell them where I was.  My door was shut.  The master bedroom door was open.  Two more funerals.

And so I came to live with my Grandmother, and to look across the same fields, and to glance into my own distant future.

But that is another story.


iloveross17 (chapter six) April 15, 2011

Filed under: narrative,Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:26 pm
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click NARRATIVE above to see all previous chapters


Chapter six

Log in
User name- SuzieQ
Password- confused1


Dave – Hey!

SuzieQ- what have u been saying?

Dave – ?

SuzieQ – about us making out?

Dave – ohh

SuzieQ – so?

Dave has left the chat

Log off


story: iloveross17 (chapter five) March 25, 2011

Filed under: narrative,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:05 am
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(Chapter five)

Log in

User name: Zara16

Password: watcher


Lena- Hey

            How R U?

Zara-  😦

Lena- ?

Zara- Ross + Suzanne

Lena- why?

Zara- ?

Lena- Ross is too cute for her

Zara- ?

Lena- U no it

            Suzanne is a biotch to him

Zara- he loves her!

Lena- no way

            They’d still be together

Zara- unless someone broke them up

            Know anyone?

Lena- Dave?

Zara- Hm



Lena- bye

Log off


story: iloveross17 (Chapter four) March 18, 2011

Filed under: Commentary,narrative — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:02 am
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log in: Lena

password: iloveross


Lena- hi

Ross- hi

Lena- sorry about Suzanne

Ross- ya

Lena- gang is going 2 movie Fri.  Wanna come?

Ross- maybe


Lena- C U!

log off


 Lena?  wtf?


story: iloveross17 (chapter two) March 4, 2011

Filed under: narrative,Poetry,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:18 am
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Previous chapters: one,

(Chapter two)

user name: suzieq@

password: iloveross18mos

change password: confused1

Status updates:

Bixby- oh yeah man!

Zara- wtf?

Lena- save me from my boredom!


Zara- R U OK?

SusieQ- Ya

Zara-What happened?

SusieQ- Still trying to figure that out, actually.

Zara- Do u think Ross saw you making out with Dave?

SusieQ- 😦

 and onto chapter three


Story: iloveross17 (chapter one) February 26, 2011

Filed under: narrative,Poetry,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:06 am
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Log in
User name: suzieq@
Password: iloveross17mos
Change password: iloveross18mos

Status updates:

Zara- math test! Gonna die.

Bixby- what is the reason to fear what we do not understand?

Ross- is now single.

Lena- have to babysit my little sister, someone text me!

Zara- Suzanne! OMG! Are you ok?!!!

Log off


Deep breath.
Ross…is single??????????



Next installment: Chapter 2



Submitted as part of  Monday Poetry Potluck Mar 7, 2011.  If you’re here from the potluck, add the link to your contribution in a comment.


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