Shawn L. Bird

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poem-identity October 23, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:39 pm
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Daughter, wife, mother, student, teacher

each role I embrace in the search for myself

poet, writer, dancer, seamstress, preacher

constrained by expectations, trying to excel,

battling responsibilities, expanding my reach.


I’m tired of being caught in this box!

I need to be free of these responsibilities;

I need to find me.

I don’t fit in this box, in this space or this place,

where I have been a chrysalis.


I    a  m    o  u  t  s  t  r  e  t  c  h  e  d,

gossamer wings unfolding from this abyss of my history,

from what they said I had to be–

what I thought I had to be–

I am embracing destiny;

accepting all the facets of my identity,

I have discovered



Poem- Power I August 30, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:40 pm
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The power crept quietly

on a satisfied sigh

on a grin of delight

on a curl of contentment

on a determined advance

on an astonished completion

on undeniable accomplishment,

success of a dream.



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