Shawn L. Bird

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Workshop notes- TNL Sept 2020 September 16, 2020

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Click to download a pdf of the Plotting, Pantsing, & Poetry workshop notes.

And here’s the video of the workshop. 60 minutes.

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poem-Emptying my mother’s house September 7, 2020

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I tell myself,

In the process of creation,

her art fulfilled its purpose.

If the family has chosen what to keep

Freeing the rest to the universe

is just extending its mandate

not a betrayal to her

memory.

 

poem-fire season September 6, 2020

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Goldenrod sky

Fire in the distant hay

My stolen breath

 

poem-siren call September 3, 2020

Filed under: poem,Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:21 pm
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It used to be

a howling ambulance

made me hold my breath

waiting to hear if it flew to you.

Now you’re past their aid,

so I send a blessing

to the stranger in need

and into the sky in memory

of you

 

poem-special delivery August 31, 2020

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Two raw hazelnuts on the back deck.
Delivery from a rat? a squirrel? a passing crow?
I guess that’s something we’ll never know.

 

poem-fuel August 29, 2020

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Inspiration:

green mountain sides
blue skies
spruce scented air

Danger:

summer lightning
immolation
devastating beauty

Prescription:

diamonds dancing
mountain lake
water-bomber

Metaphor:

change
desire
this

 

Poem-growing August 28, 2020

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One small change today
One gift of time
One contribution to a cause
One life-lesson contemplated
One old idea reconsidered
One step toward wisdom
won each day.

 

Poem-sisters August 27, 2020

Filed under: poem,Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:39 pm
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Three bitter sisters

Decades

Decades

Decades

What planted those seeds

That swelled with pain

Wound* roots

Those wounds** rooting

around around

deep deeper deepest

Shoots spread painful shots

cruel words

Bloom with false faces:

kindness for friends

peevish pieces for families,

never words children

needed to hear.

Three bitter sisters

Broken spirits

planting bitterness

for decades,

seeding

so many sad

children.

*(past tense of wind)

**(synonym of injury)

 

poem-the dark side of the moon August 24, 2020

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too much new

tensions wrapping around psyches

tugging

we’re choking on the changes

fruitlessly fearful

waiting for someone to hear us

Relief.

A sensible plan

Workable ideas

Deep breath.

This might just work

 

poetry-evening August 22, 2020

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frog serenade

swish of wings

whine of mosquitoes

aimless clapping

beside the bonfire.

 

 

 
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