Shawn L. Bird

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

poem-you did it May 15, 2019

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:22 pm
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for Tai

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You’ve always been a mountain climber.

Sometimes climbing means tumbling to the valleys.

Sometimes it means diving into sparkling mountain lakes

and becoming entangled with weeds

that pull you down.

Who knew you could drown while climbing?

You’ve always been a mountain climber.

Sometimes every part of you aches for a break,

longs for the plateau.

Rest.

But you keep climbing,

because sometimes, when you stand on the summit,

see the world laid out before you

a carpet of overcoming,

you see all the opportunity;

you see you can fly.

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Poem- Someone tells you April 29, 2019

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:47 pm
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How do you find

the magical opportunity that transforms you?

How do you find

the courage to release your words

trust your ideas

show your vision.

How do you find

those places, waiting for you?

 

Tanka- last message February 13, 2019

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:39 pm
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“My battery is low

and it’s getting dark.” Weep

for my silent voice.

Opportunity,

roved beyond expectation.

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Today, the Mars Rover Opportunity has been declared dead. It was meant to function for 90 days, and instead, worked for 15 years  and sent amazing data about Mars’s hydrography.  It was recently caught in a dust storm that covered its solar panels.  In some future time, will someone clean the dust off this strange relic, and Opportunity will call to NASA again?  Until then, Sleep well, Opportunity.  More info here.

 

poem-relief November 17, 2017

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“No” is not always

a negative thing.

.

Sometimes it is

a sweet relief.

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Sometimes “yes”

brings too much to do,

too much responsibility

too much accountability.

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Sometimes “no”

breathes a melancholy sigh.

Thankfulness.

This is not the time.

 

 

poem- something new April 27, 2017

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There is something new in the air

A faint scent of possibility

that wafts past unexpectedly.

There is something making me

wonder about continuity

and what’s coming to be.

 

poem- opportunities June 16, 2016

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I’ll never know

if I hide below

if I never go

beyond the flow.

 

poem-worlds beyond June 8, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:10 pm
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There are worlds beyond your doors

and opportunities reaching out to you.

“Future” is such a big word,

and so is “college” if no one has been before.

But you have just as much right

to take those chances, as any one else.

Don’t doubt the power of your ability.

If you choose to do it,

are willing to put in the work,

you can do it:

break down stereotypes,

forge new ground,

accomplish something beyond

what judgmental people

think is all you can be.

What’s your dream?  Fight for it.

 

 
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