Shawn L. Bird

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poem- sit April 3, 2017

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:40 am
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Isn’t it

lovely to just sit

some days

and watch the world go by,

just spying and rumination

without any kind of expectation.

Isn’t it

lovely to sit

for just a little bit.


poem-breath time June 25, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:59 pm
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Time for breath

at last.

Breathe in freedom

from responsibilities,

to anyone but myself.

Inhale inspiration

Exhale exhaustion

Breathe free.


poem-fakery December 19, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:31 pm
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We’ve decorated the artificial tree

The fire crackles on the TV

Holiday cards show everyone happy

People gather smiling gleefully

to celebrate festivities

and it all feels like fakery.


If this is meant to be

a season all about peace,

then let me sit here quietly

alone but for fictional company

the only sound, fire crackling,

and I will celebrate contentedly,

avoiding family and all their expectation of responsibility.



I am an extrovert and I generally love being out with people, but when I’m under a lot of stress, all I want to do is sit in heated comfort by myself, and spend time in the company of book friends.  All the obligatory holiday hoopla just makes me grumpy and anti-social, particularly with my dad passing away this summer and my mother suffering a serious stroke a couple of weeks ago.  



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?



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