Shawn L. Bird

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poem- breaking March 9, 2018

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:49 pm
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For Danielle, with love

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Breaking heart

Taking future

Making mockery

I doubt the happy start,

wrapped in a painful ending,

rending all I believed,

feeling deceived

by the life we’d conceived.

Paths onward wending,

sending me,

setting me free.

Taking me,

creating me,

letting me

be,

Breaking past,

Taking a stance,

Making me dance.

 

 

 

 

 

quote- beginning August 27, 2017

Filed under: Poetry,Quotations — Shawn L. Bird @ 4:15 pm
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“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”
― Louis L’AmourLonely on the Mountain

 

poem-ending June 18, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:16 am
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The end is so close

that I can reach out and touch

the hands of the clock,

tick-tocking away this last class.

A day more of typing

the degree will be done.

This stage of the  journey complete,

where will I go from here?

 

poem- endings June 19, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:34 pm
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Tonight,

we’ll laugh until tears streak our cheeks

and remember all those moments

that made this a special place.

But beneath the laughter

will be the melancholy knowing

that with these leavings

we are left to try to rebuild something new.

I suppose we’ll be okay,

but I can’t help but wish you’d stay.

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(End of the school year.  Staff leaves.  New staff arrives.  Some years it’s just so fabulously synergistic that it is particularly depressing to see the end).

 

Carnival of Life June 5, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:42 pm
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Our graduating students chose the theme of CARNIVAL! for their Graduation ceremony today.  I wrote a poem for the teacher they asked to be the special speaker.  Here it is:

ERS GRAD 2015 POEM

A carnival is quite a bore if you are there alone

And surely melancholy could seep into your bones

But in the night, with all your friends

A carnival’s great fun, the spinning lights will mesmerize

The laughter never ends.

Cherish time together 

at this your graduation

Your memories and histories are worth the celebration.

You may live far apart as you journey through your lives

But always choose what’s positive

and you will choose to thrive.

For life can be a carnival, it’s fun and fearful, too

Remember Eagle River,

as we’ll fondly think of you.

 

poem- waking May 19, 2014

Filed under: OUTLANDERishness,Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:24 am
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I woke this morning

pleasantly foggy and

imagined my day.

What workshops will I attend?

Yes.  That one. This one.

Then I stretched my mind

into clarity and realized

conference is over;

everyone has gone home.

It was a melancholy moment,

before the smile,

savouring memories.

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A memory like this one.  My dear husband, grinning broadly with Diana Gabaldon beside him outside the conference banquet.  This is the first time he’s met an author whose work he admires.  I’m laughing because I just had to sprint down the hall to get into the photo.  Despite being with Diana all weekend and snapping many photos of her with/for other people, this moment was the only one I had taken with her myself this year.

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P.S. The counter says that this is my 1400th blog post.  Nice to celebrate with two of my favourite people! 😉

 

 
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