Shawn L. Bird

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poem- acceptance May 30, 2019

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 7:37 pm
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there is no why

there simply is.

Your body

came into the world

like this.

The cancer in your family line.

The inclination to heart disease.

That birth defect.

Desperate fear

brings joy to snake oil salesmen

who’ll tell you whatever you need to hear.

Fake healers with degrees from schools of blarney.

Double blind research shows it’s no different that a placebo.

You don’t need an expensive sugar pill;

Just accept the hope

without the hype.

Believe you will get better,

and your body will believe you,

without sharing fake cures that might kill you,

without wasted dollars in fake cures flushed

away, and if your body doesn’t accept cure,

live today.


poem- and so December 1, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:40 pm
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And so your words come slowly,

squeezed like frozen toothpaste;

they do not echo;

they fall with a dull clunk.


And so your words come slowly

like a sail boat becalmed;

they hover over her,

dark storm on the horizon.


And so your words come slowly;

she watches them

approaching from the distance

like a prairie dust storm.






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