Shawn L. Bird

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poem- light December 6, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:50 pm
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Candles glisten, blue and white

In the windows

and on graves across the land.

Memories of independence:

A declaration, an idea, a nation.

Quiet thankfulness and pride,

a flickering pinprick of light.

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Itsenäisyyspäivä Suomenmaa.

 

poem- philosophy of place March 3, 2015

A poem created as part of my grad school  Poetic Diversity Project:

Where I grew up

all the faces were variations of my own

Snow White, Cinderella,

assorted Prince Charmings

interchangeable

My experiences with other cultures were

Princess Tiger Lily, Little Black Sambo, 

Emperor’s Nightingale.

But somehow I knew the world was bigger

and I wanted to wrap my tongue

around other languages

entwine new vowels

between rhythmic syllables and 

see inside minds that

offered something

more.

Offered something 

more.

Offered something

not better

not worse

just different

Because different is worth noticing

because different means to the same end

speak to a journey with different views

a different beauty

a different way

of being human,

offers something

more.

 

poem-there

Midnight sun

your bright glow

matches my summer soul.

Midday night

your sky indigo

I hibernate and am made whole

Northern land

that journey long ago

taught me a heart has many homes.

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A rumination on my Rotary youth exchange year in Finland.

 Do you have a place that changed your philosophy and perspective?  Share your poetry or leave a comment about it at https://shawnbird.com/poetic-diversity-project/  

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poem- longing December 6, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 4:53 pm
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I light blue and white candles

bake cardamom spiced breads

and remember a home

far away.

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Today is the 97th anniversary of Finnish independence.  

hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää kaikille suomalaisille

Runo Suomeksi:

Itsenäisyyskynttilät

pulla

muistan

ja olen ikava sinulle,

Suomen maa.

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(I was an exchange student in Finland when I was 18.  I have been back a couple of times, but I’m still waiting for my Finns to come visit me in Canada!)

 

poem- remember June 4, 2014

Äiti was crying when I left

 hugging me close and weeping.

“Äiti?”

“Et unohta” she whispered.

Don’t forget.

“Muistat sinun Suomen kielesta,

en osaa puhua englanti!” she sniffed.

You have to remember your Finnish!

I can’t speak English!

“Minä muistan,  Äiti.”

I will remember.

Years dripped by

on memories and melancholy

but still

Muistan, Äiti.

 

poem- candle December 12, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:32 pm
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In Finland,

a single candle in the window

is the Christmas light.

In graveyards,

candles illuminate gravestones

through the dark winter days:

a haunting reminder

of life lights extinguished,

better than buried plastic flowers

in the moonlit snow.

Light dances like a living soul

in windows and on graves.

Single points of light,

simple festivity,

Christmas celebration

far away.

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Missing my Finnish host families and friends tonight, but remembering them with a candle in my window.

 

Mastering the art… April 30, 2013

Filed under: Teaching — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:27 pm
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Today I accepted placement in a Masters of Education program in Curriculum.  I am hoping to study the innovations in the Finnish system, and hope to take advantage of university exchanges in order to travel to Finland to observe their system in high school class rooms.  As I speak passable Finnish, have lived in Finland, and understand the Finnish culture, I imagine this will be easier for me than many North American educators curious about this system that is one of the few that ranks above Canada’s.  (Four  points above Canada, 22 points above the UK, and 25 points above the US in the 2009 PISA rankings).

I was offered placements at two institutions, so it was a bit of decision, but I am looking forward to studying in the intimate and flexible environment of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

Studies won’t begin until September, which hopefully will provide opportunity to finish the editing of Grace Awakening Myth (book 3 in the series) and finish writing Grace Awakening Destiny (book 4) before I start.  I will be teaching (probably full-time) while I am studying, so I will definitely not have any time to be marketing either book with all my Saturdays in classes in Kamloops for the next couple of years!

Do you have a Masters?  Did you do it full time or part time?  How did you find the process?  Do you have any tips?

 

 
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