Shawn L. Bird

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

poem-shared November 27, 2020

It starts with a shoemaker:

distinctive shoes

loud shoes

not for hiding shoes.

It grows with friends:

shared shoe styles

shared eccentricity

shared creativity.

It rests in comfort:

not alone.

Celebrate unique soles

together.

.

.

.

My Nikki Knox collaborator, Nikolette, also a teacher, and I are feeling rather stressed these days as the second wave of the pandemic strikes with rising numbers in schools. We are consoling each other by wearing the same Fluevog shoes this week (we have several pairs in common). Though we are 800 km apart, we are in each other’s hearts and soles. ūüôā

 

poem- walking in the sexy boots October 21, 2020

Filed under: poem,Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:14 pm
Tags: , , , , , ,

The morning skies were grey

but they saw the sashay

and knew it wasn’t a day

to stay that way, you

might construe something at play,

but my boots made the sky turn blue!

.

.

FWIW- I was wearing my purple velvet, sparky embossed leather and black patent leather Fluevog Atria boots today. No such thing as ‘too much.’ ūüėČ

Photo by Shawn L. Bird on October 21, 2020. Image may contain: one or more people, shoes and boots.

.

.

.

.

.

(Ignore any ads added by WordPress. They’re not endorsed by me, unless, of course, you see a Fluevog ad! In which case, very much endorsed. ūüôā )

.

.

.

.

 

poem- boots March 22, 2017

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 4:51 pm
Tags: , , , , , , ,

The boots are on.

Laced up tight.

Little Xs pulling things together

(Are those hugs or kisses?)

No matter.

When you’re giving winter the boot,

either

is a good message to wear.

20170322_154305[1]

Fluevog.com Miracles Logan boots ¬†from the “Narrative of the Grey Boot Quest” blog post.

https://shawnbird.com/2012/01/29/the-narrative-of-the-grey-boot-quest/

I always feel slightly super powered when I wear these boots, though I can’t wear them if I’m running late for work since it takes 4 minutes per boot to lace them up! ¬†ūüôā

 

 

poem- compensations November 4, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:06 am
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

It’s a grey day

frost in the air,

but at least I’m greeting it

in a great pair of shoes.

 

poem-mischievous July 8, 2016

I feel like I could follow him

around the house saying ‘No’

because getting into trouble

always seems his goal.

But mischief is usually

just a disguise for boredom,

so I’ll work on tricks instead

so I can reward him.

Making time is part of the contract

and I’m the one who chooses how to act.

.

.

PearlHart&Kiltti-smallfile

Look at those mischievous eyes! ¬† ¬†There’s a lot of training to give him a job to keep him out of trouble! ¬†So far (at 5 months old) he knows: sit, lie down, lie across my feet, stand on 2 feet, go to your bed, move back, fetch, drop the toy, trade whatever is in his mouth, put the ball on the lacrosse stick…

(Those awesome purple patent leather and psychedelic pink shoes are Fluevog Pearl Harts which were the shoes that celebrate finishing my Masters and my birthday last week. Very festive, no?) ¬†ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

poem- happiness is November 24, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:48 pm
Tags: , , , , , ,

Joy is

is happy feet,

creamy leather

ornate scrolls

and cryptic snippets of

soleful inspiration,

sliced off at the edges:

Be proud in the love you have been given

Ask why you’re doing it.

Your car drive fluevog

to be human

you go give thanks

your sole will direct

and p ills outwards the rest

Spills outward the rest

deeply funky let your life shine in dark

human is to be divine

style is grace

Yes, Sight is a Miracle.

Like the bag says,

“you can’t buy happiness,

but at least you can buy Fluevogs.”

and contemplate

cryptology in your sole.

.

.

The shoes are Fluevog Miracle Sight in cream.

The socks are over the knees from http://www.sockdreams.com.

They’re like a match made in heaven, aren’t they?

 

poem- happy news December 3, 2013

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:55 pm
Tags: , , , , , ,

Clear out the inbox

An innocuous line

looks like the others

but wait! What’s that name?

The heart starts pounding

air around feels quite thin

A note from an agent

makes me stifle a grin

Is it good news or bad?

I click closing my eyes

Open one cautiously

and to my surprise

She writes that she loves it!

A contract’s attached

I shout to the rafters

New beginnings are hatched!

.

TRUE STORY!  Happened today! About an hour ago, in fact.  Now to read through the fine print of the attached literary contract.  Large prestigious  agency though, and an agent I was very impressed by when I watched her at a conference.

Wait. Time to celebrate with some new Fluevogs? ūüôā ¬†The fun and frolicsome ¬†Kitschy kitschy Boom Boom Vivs might be appropriate for this kind of a celebration…

 

poem- celebration shoes September 2, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:01 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

I wear my celebrations

sassily, upon my feet.  

Stutting to the future,

prancing forward.

No dark days or dreary feet,

in the walk to destiny,

just delightful dancing shoes

shepherding me onward.

.

.

.

My “I finally got a continuing teaching contract!” celebration shoes:¬†Bellevue Sally Skull

My “I survived the slowest drive to and from Vancouver on the TransCanada” celebration shoes:¬†Bellevue Laura Hart. ¬†(Yeah. ¬†Sometimes any excuse for celebration will do! lol)

Laura Evans (Grey & Burgundy)

They’re both Fluevogs, of course. ¬†More particularly they’re both part of the brilliant Bellevue heel family. ¬†Bellevues are my favourite Vog style because of their very soft leathers, comfortable height for working all day, ¬†and for their fun style that stretches comfortably into the evening. ¬†Their motto is “Keeping pushing West beyond your imagination” and they’re named after real Wild West entrepreneurial ladies (ech hem) with very interesting stories.

Here’s Sally Skull’s bio¬†and here is Laura Evan’s. ¬†Feisty girls!

 

Fluevog addict? May 2, 2013

Filed under: anecdotes,fun,Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:55 am
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Apparently,

someone arrived at my blog

yesterday, having used

the search term

“Fluevog addict.”

Ouch.

 That seems a little harsh.

Addict?

Really?

Couldn’t we just say

“aficionato?”

or “connoisseur?”

Addict?

Come on now.

That’s definitely over-stating.

Seriously.

.

Um.

Did I tell you?

To celebrate my Master’s placement

I have Prepared Hi Steadies coming ?

Steady (Yellow)

Aren’t they gorgeous?

Way cheaper than a party to celebrate,

and I get to enjoy them for ages!

years!

Rather than a single evening.

That’s not addiction.

That’s just…

happiness.

ūüėČ

Oh, and

John Fluevog thinks I’m awesome!

So there.

.

(Well fine, he probably thinks you’re awesome, too)

.

.

.

PS>

Fluevog liked this poem so much, that they sent me a mug! ¬†Yay! ¬†ūüôā ¬†They know how to feed their addic… ¬†>>cough<< …fans. ¬†Many thanks to Preet at the Vancouver Granville Fluevog store, who takes good care of me, AND sends me presents! ¬†(If you look closely, you can see that the mug says “Juan Fluevog” ¬†I think that’s hilarious. ¬†Vog humour. ¬†HA!)

ShawnVogmugsip

 

graduate school: it’s in the mail! February 24, 2013

I love learning. I like researching and writing papers. I like developing programs and evaluating them. I like coming up with innovative ways of doing things. I love the satisfaction of successfully meeting a challenge. ¬†In short, I’m a nerd.

This also means, I probably should have applied for grad school years ago. It was first suggested to me by a teaching assistant in a Women’s History course I did back about 1989. At the time, in a one income household with a toddler and baby, it was just something to sigh about and say, “Some day…”

I did apply for an extremely competitive Creative Writing program at an eminent university two years running. They have very, very low acceptance rate, but I figured, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” As it happened, I received the second rejection the same day I got my first royalty cheque from Grace, and somehow that told me that it didn’t matter. Most people enter that program so they can get a royalty cheque. I was ahead without them. I will continue to develop those skills working with amazing authors, attending conferences, reading, and being challenged by my editor and friend, Vikki.

I still want to learn though, and I want the credential, because it will open other opportunities. Today I dropped two grad school applications in the mail. Ideally, I’m going explore the Finnish education system and how it can be adapted for use in B.C. I’ll focus on some sort of curriculum development, either in the traditional class room or via distance learning. Both options offer all sorts of exciting prospects, so I’m eager to see where I’ll end up.

Should I confess that my biggest fear is that if I end up in a program that requires weekend study, that it will impact the May 2014 weekend when Diana Gabaldon will come to be presenter at the Shuswap Association of Writers’ Word on the Lake Festival of Writers and Readers? The grad school will have to do without me that weekend, as I’ve already booked it off! My kids aren’t allowed to get married that weekend either. I have my priorities.

And how should I celebrate this new adventure? Some would raise a drink with friends, or take their honey out for dinner. I’m celebrating with new Vogs, culled from the collection of the ultimate Vogger, Rebecca in Winnipeg.

Welcome to the family Fluevog Second Miracle Cascades… ¬† (See if you can find them in the group photo of Rebecca’s shoes, in the link above!)

FluevogSecondMiracleCascades

 

 
%d bloggers like this: