Shawn L. Bird

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poem- seen and not heard January 22, 2019

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:41 am
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Murmuring voices

racing around me, vacuum engine growl,

white noise.

Words without meaning.

Sound without sense.

There you are.

Your mouth moves,

but I can not hear you

anymore.

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poem-mercy August 23, 2017

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:55 pm
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Mercy!

arm twisting brother menacing.

Mercy!

sexually charged boyfriend pressuring.

Mercy!

power hungry supervisor pushing.

Mercy!

posturing presidents endangering.

Mercy!

infuriated people demanding.

 

 

poem- free November 21, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:46 am
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Blocked by memory

Limited by opportunity

Afraid of mobility

Paralyzed by stupidity?

Freedom to choose badly

Freedom to bully

Freedom is a power to manipulate evilly

Two and two is four

prove freedom is slavery.

 

 

commentary- On an educator Prime Minister #1 November 7, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:39 pm
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#JustinTrudeau #cdnpoli

During Canada’s recent election campaign, the Conservatives denigrated Liberal leader Justin Trudeau because he had a degree in literature and was a drama teacher.  (He also taught French and Math).  They thought that made him incapable of running a country.  I have taught Drama and French.  I have a degree in literature.  I smiled, because I truly believe that if you can manage a high school drama class, you can manage a country.  If you were a good teacher, you’ll be able to manage that country with consideration, respect, and intelligence.  As I see them, I will point out how PM Trudeau’s teaching experience is making him a good leader.  These posts will be in addition to my daily poetry, so you won’t miss out.

Reason #1 why it’s great to have an Educator PM:

On the first day of session, Trudeau went to welcome all the MPs to Parliament Hill.  He told reporters this would set the right tone, that regardless of party affiliation, that each MP is in this together, working for Canadians.

This is precisely the policy of teachers, who on the first day of school (and days subsequent, of course) stand at the doors of their classrooms to welcome students, judge their frame of mind, and set the tone of cooperation and connection within their class.

 

poem-blind October 18, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:46 pm
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I don’t understand

why you choose to be blind,

wrap the mask across your eyes,

I don’t know if you realize that hell is lined

with those who chose not to see the bullies,

who tear apart school yards, countries, and economies.

I hope your misguided vote is overwhelmed by kinder souls,

who are not manipulated by lies, who put on a helm and smote

the evil despot, those who decide to keep our country whole.

 

poem- learning from history September 10, 2014

Filed under: anecdotes,Poetry,Teaching — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:21 pm
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She has a history

of running down unionists

With gleeful righteousness

she watched them bounce

off the hood of the car

back in the 80s.

Last dispute,

this sweet little old lady

offered the strikers

a most unlady-like

finger.

This dispute,

she has stared

down the road with

patent disregard.

Workers should work.

Today,

she waved enthusiastically,

and a victory dance

was held on the picket line.

One more newly informed person

waking up.

.

.

.

True story

 

poem- fight for rights #Iwillholdtheline August 29, 2014

Filed under: Poetry,Teaching — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:31 pm
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I will fight for what’s right.

I will demand my government obeys the law.

I will fight for what’s right.

I will stand in defence of contracts illegally torn.

I will fight for what’s right.

I will not blink when it threatens

I will fight for what’s right.

I will shout about injustice and lies

I will fight for what’s right.

I will shame them before the world.

I will fight for what’s right.

I will hold the line.

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Our British Columbia government illegally tore up our contracts in 2002 when our current premier was Minister of Education.  We have fought for the last 12 years against this injustice.  Two provincial Supreme Court decisions ruled against the government, stating that they violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The decision demanded the government reimburse us for what they took away.  As well, the United Nation’s International Labour Organization ruled against their flouting of treaties and international agreements.  We are on strike because a government that acts illegally must be held to account.

The most recent Supreme Court ruling was in February, 2014.  You can read the ruling here.  You will see constant references to how the government bargained in bad faith, provoked strikes, and acted illegally.  They are still behaving the same way, so we are fighting to preserve fair bargaining for all working people, because if they destroy us, they will destroy every union in the province.   You should care about this.  You should care a lot.

 

 

 
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