Shawn L. Bird

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poem-decisions November 10, 2018

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:59 pm
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Silent chatter

clattering through her mind,

shouting thoughts,

whispered shrieks,

speaking do

don’t

do

don’t.

Can it be?

Will it be?

Should it be?

Yes.

No.

Make it so.

Stuttering possibility

silently.

 

poem-journey July 31, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:50 pm
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This is not where I expected to be,

but they were right when they said

if you don’t plan where you’re going

you may not like where you end up.

So I am not staying.

The view is crushing.

The map is out, and every step of this journey

is planned.  Tour guide at the ready,

ready to keep me going in the right direction.

I know the next destination, and I’m setting off

on a pilgrimage of sacrifice,

to atone for foolish wanderings,

and find the self I lost along the way.

 

 

 

poem-gulf April 1, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 4:12 pm
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You open up before me

a gulf of possibility

things I never considered

complications I did not foresee.

You open up before me

a black hole of opportunity

devouring expectations

creating alternative realities

of what my future might be.

.

 

.

(“Thanks, Des,” she says

dripping with irony.)

 

poem-moment January 9, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 4:30 pm
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That was it.

You felt it, hovering,

the possibility of change.

You knew you only had to take a step

and life would never be the same.

You felt the moment filled with possibility

and stepped back urgently,

to familiar

mediocrity.

 

poem-today August 11, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:52 am
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Today I will make the choices

that lead to met goals.

Today I will choose

not to procrastinate.

Today I will accept responsibility

and do what must be done.

Today I will be a grown-up.

Tomorrow?

We’ll see.

 

poem-doing March 11, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:32 pm
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You are amazing.

You are worthy of love.

You are valuable.

You have something to offer.

What are you doing?

 

poem-Elizabeth October 31, 2014

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:14 am
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Today

Your Snow White beauty

Is cut with a sharp edge of

Street smarts.

You’ve seen

Too much.

Tomorrow

Will the visions

Scar your face with darkness,

Cigarette creases

And add black anger to your eyes,

Aging you with

Exponential bitterness?

Or will your words

Poured out upon a page

Erase the stresses

And sculpt your beauty

Into timelessness?

 

poem-spun October 22, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:54 pm
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They can not see beyond the fog

that is all they seek.

Escape.

They fall altered into pharmaceutical

reality.

Mist like creeping mustard gas

poisons their future

stealing their hopes

ruining their dreams.

They fill their days

seeking nebulous security

altered beyond

recognition.

.

.

For those kids and their families battling with addiction who most need education and school supports to develop health and security.

 

poem-what if October 16, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:07 pm
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What if

just for today

you dared to do

that thing you fear?

What if

just for today

whenever you

wanted to say no,

you opened yourself

to yes?

What if

today was the day

when everything

changed?

 

poem- decisions September 20, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:37 pm
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Even not

deciding

is a

decision.

 

 
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