Shawn L. Bird

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poem-loyal November 28, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:42 pm
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You think it’s a good idea to help someone out,

to help friends stay together..

So she wasn’t the first choice; it was a nice thing to do,

and she was thankful, for a little while,

but then she grabbed at other opportunities,

shunned the faith entrusted in her.

And in a desperate time,

abandoned the team.

I didn’t want her back.  Disloyalty is the greatest wrong.

To accept responsibility and then on a whim to leave,

throws trust back at the giver, laughs at them.

But she returned, and slowly trust was growing,

but here we are again.

Repeating the story.

It’s simply a lack of integrity when your commitments

mean nothing.  We are to train our students in ‘soft skills’

for the new workforce.  Here’s an important one:

be reliably trustworthy.

If you demonstrate a lack of commitment,

you will never get a good recommendation,

because no one will be committed to you.

It’s hard to earn trust and too easy to destroy it.

Once your lack of  honour has been displayed,

you wear it like a beacon that declares:





poem- A Candystripers’s Duty May 12, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:31 pm
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A candystriper’s duty:

 *to smile a warm hello and assure a frightened face

    that the hospital isn’t really a terrible place

*to smile in reassurance that the food isn’t bad

*to return a smile to a face that is sad

*to smile when we’re happy and smile when we’re not

*to leave our smiles with a lingering thought

*to smile all the time ‘til the end of our shift

    and then when we’re done we can frown if we wish

    But somehow the smiling we’ve done that day

    keeps us smiling and we’re glad we smiled that way.



My father asked me to find this poem, because he’ll be speaking at a candystriper recognition evening this week in the extended care facility where he lives.  I wrote it when I was 15 for a display.  I volunteered at our local hospital and an extended care facility as a candystriper from grades nine through twelve, accumulating nearly 700 hours (close enough that I was given the charm for it).   I worked surgical, medical, and pediatric floors, as well as admitting.  We filled and distributed water jugs, distributed food trays, helped feed patients, ran errands, delivered flowers, etc.  I was only vaguely interested in nursing, and my hospital  time quickly informed me that I didn’t want to pursue a career in nursing, but I loved working at the hospital, helping people who needed my smiling face.  I will try to scan in the photo of me with the display.  I had to borrow a microscope to record the poem! lol


poem- asking January 27, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:28 pm
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She was young,

but she had a dream

to cut herself free

from the stigma of family

substance abuse,

poverty, and


if only someone would give her scissors

and show her how to use them.

A teacher said,

“You can do it!”

So she applied for a training course,

wondering how she’d pay for the tool kit

or pay for the rent to live in another town.

“We’ll write letters!” said the teacher.

“It’ll work out!”

Community groups responded to her letters

and her impressive resume of volunteer activities

with cheques in hand. 

“You’ve helped this community.

We want to help you achieve this dream.”

The billet said, “Would you work off

your room and board in chores?”

And suddenly the impossible

was happening.

Shining new scissors sliced her past away

and cut open hope

for her future.




True story.  Apprenticeship programs offer kids real skills and credits for professional training and high school credit.  Some times there are barriers for kids to take advantage of the opportunity, but where there is a will, there is a way.  The school is there to help kids achieve their dreams, after all.  Thanks to the service clubs who make a difference, quietly meeting needs in their communities: Lions,  Rotary, Royal Canadian Legion, Elks, Kinsmen, Oddfellows, and the like.  Today is a particularly good day in my world.


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