Shawn L. Bird

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poem- blocked communication April 13, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:41 am
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Dear Grandma,

No one

wants to know

about the state

of your


Please save

your colourful tales

of abdominal distress

for your medical advisors.

Elimination is



dinner table





(You’d think this was common sense, wouldn’t you?)


poem-censored October 7, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:36 pm
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My daughter

prefaces every story with,

“You can’t put this

on your blog.”



cocooning March 30, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:17 pm
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I am wrapping myself ,

Twisting into taut threads of myself.

Coming in

Closing out

Excluding all.

No gatherings

No natterings

No blatherings

I am pulling the strings

and waiting

for wings.



The last couple of weeks I have felt many pressures to meet expectations, complete tasks, go along with plans, take charge of things, etc.  I have a number of large professional obligations ahead this month, and I need to focus.  I don’t want to be distracted by what other people think I should be doing.  I want to be left to the work I need to do, in my own time, with the ‘down time’ I forge that is actually the time when the creativity is simmering on the back burner, working for me.

Do you find other people get in the way of your goals?  How do you deal with it?  Have you learned to say no to extended family expectations and imposed obligations to do what you need to do, whether or not they approve?  How does it work out for you?



both ears to the ground November 23, 2012

Filed under: Reading,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:53 pm
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I appear to be moving through a bit of a fog the last few days, quite drained of energy.  Not sure why, but it’s brought my NaNo efforts (and apparently, also my blog entries) to a screaming halt.

Here’s a token for today, care of Ian Weir’s Daniel O’Thunder which is full of beautiful prose.

It’s to his friends he’s saying things.  He’s saying them in private, but of course nothing stays private for long, does it?  Not in the world we live in, no indeed.  And not when a man keeps his ears to the ground.  Both ears fixed firmly to the ground, Daniel, for this has always been my way.  Consecutively, of course, not simultaneously, which would involve an anatomical impossibility.  (p. 183)

Now, if I think about that, I’m sure I’d have something to say about privacy, humour in literature, narrative voice, or some such.  However, I really feel too blurry for any such contemplations.  Instead, why don’t you tell me what you think?  What does that quote make you ponder?


Poor Kristen June 2, 2010

Filed under: Commentary — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:53 pm
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Pity Kristen Stewart, a victim of her own fame and the juggernaut that is the Twilight hype. Speaking in an interview with Elle magazine Kristen likened the media frenzy to the trauma of being raped. We’ve seen in interviews in the last year that Stewart doesn’t like talking about her personal life. She is really quite shy and introverted. These qualities may seem strange in an actress, since acting is the epitome of extroverted behavior, but up until Twilight Stewart’s success in art films had not garnered her the extremes of public interest that is fueled by Twilight fan frenzy.

She signed on to the Twilight franchise early. Was she ‘asking for it’ by her willingness to take on this film? Considering the hysteria generated by the books, what did she expect the response to the movies was going to be?

Everyone deserves to have his/her privacy treated with respect, and we know that paparazzi are not particularly known for that. What do you think? Now that Twilight has brought her fame and fortune, do you think Kristen has any right to complain?


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