Shawn L. Bird

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poem- fair September 12, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:56 pm
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Over there are rides and such,

but here are the barns and displays.

4-H sheep, goats, rabbits, and cows

The spinners and weavers.


Prizes for craftwork.

Mini-doughnuts and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Local talent on stage: kids dancing,

dreamers singing.

We stand at our assigned gate, and stamp arms

so folks can get back in later.

You don’t talk to me

I don’t talk to you.

That’s fair.


poem- middle August 26, 2014

Filed under: Poetry,Teaching — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:05 pm
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For centuries

you were either rich or poor.

You had lots of power or none.

Until the merchant class


They educated their children,

and the middle class


Now a minuscule percent of the population

holds the majority of the wealth, and the middle class

is crumbling.

The rich fight to grab

more and more wealth,

more and more power.

They fight to destroy

public education

and the health system

with elitist ideas about

who deserves what.

Sharing is better

than hoarding.

Spreading wealth

makes society better for all.

Teach everyone.

Heal everyone.

Crime goes down.

Life improves for everyone.

The feudal system

is futile.


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