Shawn L. Bird

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

poem- inviting trouble February 14, 2017

You see,


you can only handle

a little bit of trouble,

a tidbit,

not a whole,

irritating basket of it.


you can manage a small inconvenience

a tiny irritation.

You’re the whole basket, baby.

Okay, so no one tells you,

that the braying of your voice hurts their ears,

the ignorance of your opinions hurts their brains,

the narcissism of your monopolizing every conversation

just makes them want to scream at you,





(That would surely hurt your feelings,

and you want to be nice).


you just aren’t invited to the party.

Your presence is a pain that is more pleasant to avoid

if it’s at all possible.

What to do

when you learn of an event and you’re sad to be left out?

What to do, indeed.


you can suck it up and face the pain,

but sometimes,

you can’t.




(Deliberately playing with the subject of the ‘you’ throughout this poem about a catch-22 situation).


this letter is purple September 14, 2011

Every one of my students is special and unique.

I don’t care if they’re white, black, green or purple.
I don’t care if they are drama kids, jocks, or computer nerds.
I don’t care if they are tattoed, pierced, or sport virgin skin.
I don’t care if they are rich or poor.
I don’t care who they want to have sex with.

I don’t want any of my students to feel  hopeless and alone because of gender identity or sexual orientation .

I care that my students feel valued and safe.
I care that they can get information they need to live healthy and happy lives.
I care that they have role models who can show them how to behave respectfully, amid individual differences.
I care that they know their biology is not a crime or a sin.
I care that they know that they are worthy of acceptance and respect.

I care that they leave school and lead productive lives full of love and friendship.

I want each of them to choose life.

I support the purple letter campaign to adopt a provincial policy of inclusion and acceptance in our schools.

Our kids are worth it.

All of them.


PS.  I’m proud of my former student, Ryan Clayton.  He does amazing work to raise issues of sexuality in our province.  He makes a difference  for students who need the message of acceptance that  he brings to them.  For some, it is a matter of life and death.  Thanks, Ryan!


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