Shawn L. Bird

Original poetry, commentary, and fiction. All copyrights reserved.

invocation- strife November 1, 2016

Filed under: Poetry,Rotary invocations — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:33 am
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At this difficult season

When opinions impale reason

May we not divide

but warmly abide

within a strong fellowship

built on relationships

of respectful courtesy

as we serve our community.

May we rise as *votary

to the service of Rotary.


*vocabulary- a ‘votary’ is a devoted adherent.


For free use within Rotary.  Please credit Shawn Bird of Shuswap Rotary, District 5060 with authorship when you present the invocation at your club, and please leave a comment below so Rotarians know when and where it’s been used.  Thank you.


poem-blind October 18, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:46 pm
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I don’t understand

why you choose to be blind,

wrap the mask across your eyes,

I don’t know if you realize that hell is lined

with those who chose not to see the bullies,

who tear apart school yards, countries, and economies.

I hope your misguided vote is overwhelmed by kinder souls,

who are not manipulated by lies, who put on a helm and smote

the evil despot, those who decide to keep our country whole.


Responsible government April 20, 2011

Filed under: Commentary — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:30 pm
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There is a certain expectation we have of leaders.  If a school principal stormed about screeching incomprehensively, kids would neither respect him nor listen to him.  His more positive leadership abilities would be lost in the extremely visible hysteria.  If a teen wants something, stomping and shouting is less likely to attain the goal, than quiet, persistent pressure and negotiation.  If a dog is yapping uncontrollably while you’re trying to talk to someone at the door, the dog gets a firm silencing.  Yet in the House of Commons, screeching, shouting and yapping are the order of the day.

How can the grown men and women who wish to govern our nation expect to be taken seriously as trustworthy, thoughtful people when their behaviour suggests they are hysterical toddlers?  Whenever I tune into Question Period I last about twenty seconds before I have to change the channel because the bickering sounds like an out of control Middle School classroom. 

So how about it folks?  If you want to govern the country, how about showing some self-control and good sense?  Quit shouting in the background while other people are trying to speak.  Quit calling each other names.  Quit using scare tactics to try to convince the populace that negotiating in a coalition scenario is worse than having one man’s ideas shoved down our throats.  Let’s see some real responsible government for once.  That’s my expectation of a leader.  Let’s hope after this election we have one.


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