Shawn L. Bird

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poem-listen September 11, 2022

Filed under: poem,Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:28 am
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Sweet noise
Angel wings
heard above

Wordy 30 poem: six x 5 letter words


poem-palindrome December 31, 2015

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The end of the year we look back

and look forward

at the palindrome of linear time

and perception.

All that is gone remains.

All that will be exists now.

Time is a railroad

vision rides back and forth.

Sequence offers peace.



At the moment I have 15151 blog followers, and pondering that on the last day of the year led to this poem for you.  Happy New Year to you!


poem-there March 3, 2015

Midnight sun

your bright glow

matches my summer soul.

Midday night

your sky indigo

I hibernate and am made whole

Northern land

that journey long ago

taught me a heart has many homes.



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A rumination on my Rotary youth exchange year in Finland.

 Do you have a place that changed your philosophy and perspective?  Share your poetry or leave a comment about it at  

We’d love to hear your voice!

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poem- shapes September 28, 2014

Filed under: Poetry,Pondering,Teaching — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:29 am
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hangs his opinions on the

frame of his philosophy and world view.

It is important to recognize the frame,

because it explains the shape

of the opinions.



A metaphor on assumptions, derived from reading Brookfield.


poem- musing May 23, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:16 am
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Is it better

to write one poem

each day

for 365 days,

or to spend

365 days


one poem?


6 word poem in summary of my life October 1, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:07 am
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I was lying in the bath, trying to think of a sentence that summarizes my life at the moment and I came up with

“I am home”

This summarizes my essential contentment with everything in my life: my new continuing contract at a school I love, opportunity to write and receive feedback from wonderful readers, and my brilliant husband of many, many years and the time we have together.

That just seemed too simple, so I thought of 6 word poems, and decided I needed 3 more words, and ended up with,

“Wherever I am, I am home”

Now I feel like a philosopher. 🙂

I first discovered this concept when I was an exchange student in Finland, and I realised that even though I was known as ‘The Canadian Evangelist” (because as the lone Canadian in my district, lost in a sea of Americans, I was obliged to be loud and proud about national superiority) I knew that I could quite happily have stayed in Finland.  I have experienced this sensation many times since.  If you’re content in your skin,  and you’re connected to those around you, it doesn’t matter where you are physically.  You can live in a tent and be well satisfied.

Explaining it completely defeats the purpose of it being only 6 words, doesn’t it? lol

How about you?  What’s your 6 word poem? (with or without long-winded explanation!) 😉


memory June 27, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:05 am
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Here is your memory

a box

a cube

a dream

a fantasy.

Here is your future




Here is

a box

a cube

a dream

a fantasy





a box


a cube


a dream


a fantasy





masks August 25, 2011

Filed under: Pondering,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 7:37 pm
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“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”   Oscar Wilde

It’s an interesting idea, don’t you think?  I can see how character and philosophy oozes out from between the lines of an author’s work.  I know that people who know me laugh when they read my work, because they can hear my voice in the style.

What do you think?  Do you think you reveal more about yourself by your action and writings (particularly writing in character) than you do when responding to others?

PS.  Still looking for the short story “Masks” as per this blog


Chocolate or vanilla? March 14, 2011

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:03 pm
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Prompt #70: Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate OR vanilla?

Chocolate AND vanilla
Ebony and ivory
Male and female
Bitter and sweet
Life and death
Ying and Yang
Chocolate and vanilla




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