Shawn L. Bird

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poem-see October 25, 2017

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:29 am
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I see

how every word crashes into you,

threatens to capsize you,

flaps at your mainsail,

sends your boom flying across a bow,

leaving your cowering on the deck,

begging for the storm to pass.

Aim for port, where words

are bulwarked by the breakwater,

and tides are tempered.

We’ll tie up in safety;




poem-not Justin November 27, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:20 am
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Tall, dark, curly haired, and smiling wide,

he poses against the Coast Mountains with a beautiful girl.

“Wait. Is that Justin Trudeau?” someone asks.

No. My daughter isn’t dating the (married) Prime Minister.

The ocean sparkles beneath the blue sky,

tankers, container ships, and whales pass by.

Our Prime Minister lived and taught here.

Now he lives and works across the country.

West Coast leaves a vibe that makes an impression,

Freedom and justice look different from mountain tops.

The view is more expansive.

Young people make beginnings that may be auspicious

with time.

Perspective is everything.



separation haiku March 20, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:23 pm
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The ocean between

us is not so wide that I

cannot feel you here.





beach haiku March 19, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:31 am
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Ocean backs away

and denizens are caught sunbathing

in small pools.


Tidal pool at Seal Rock, Oregon

Tidal pool at Seal Rock, Oregon

Can you see the  Green Anemones” clinging to the rock on the left?  You can see how windy it is from the ripples on the water!  It was a stormy day.

Here’s a tidal pool rich in sea life!  This one is the touch pool at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  That big anemone on the right grabbed my finger and numbed the tip with its anaesthetic.  On the left are abalone, the black frill just feels like a satin ribbon.  The star fish are rough.


Touch pool at Oregon Coast Aquarium


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