Shawn L. Bird

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poem- performance art July 22, 2017

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I know,

that sometimes my performance faltered.

I reached down or up for notes that would not be seized.

I fumbled  at times with pitch, tune, entrances, but

every time

I believed.

I believed I was selling crumbs to birds

who were going to die horrible deaths

without them.

I believed that every person

within the sound of my voice should buy

just a small bag for the ‘ungry young ones.

My voice trembled with my belief, as I gazed out at the faces,

beseeching each and every one to part with a tuppence.

.

You believed.

Stranger, how you clung to my arm,

when me met on the sidewalk, months later,

eager to tell me how you’d heard my voice

in your head weeks afterwards.  How beautiful it was.

How it made you wept.

I, who knew every vocal fault,

struggled to believe

that my believing,

had been enough to reach past my inadequacy.

Thank you

for reminding me,

it’s the only thing that connects

in the end.

.

birdwoman

Image (c) Evan Buhler used with permission. “Feed the Birds”. Mary Poppins Shuswap Theatre 2016.

Me, being The Bird Woman November-December 2016.  

I met a fan of the show yesterday and struggled once again to come to terms with the fact that our art has its own life and power.  It can transcend us to speak poignant messages to receptive ears.

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performing December 8, 2016

Here are a few shots of me in action on the set of Shuswap Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins.  We sold out 3 weeks before curtain!  The photos are by Evan Buhler, used with permission.

I play Miss Lark, love interest of Admiral Boom (fellow Rotarian Randy Brogden) with her little dog Willoughby.

I’m also The Bird Woman and sing “Feed the Birds.”

Finally, in “Jolly Holiday” I’m a statue of Queen Victoria and knight Bert (Aidan Sparks, a former student of mine).

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