Shawn L. Bird

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poem- triage July 19, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:42 pm
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Are you breathing?

Are you beating?

Are you bleeding?

Are you broken?

.

Breathless

Heart pounding

Blood surging

In pieces

.

Do they

hospitalize

for

Love?

 

 

poem-not me May 29, 2014

My last pay cheque came

with a 10% fine,

because I belong to a union,

and somewhere in the province

someone else striking.

Not me.

I’m at work today,

my strike day was yesterday,

but I am fined today anyway.

A government that has twice

been told by the courts that

its actions are illegal,

that it bargains in bad faith,

that it tries to provoke problems,

simply ignores the judiciary’s order that it owes teachers

ten million dollars it took from them illegally.

Nope.  This government

continues to bully its educated citizens,

labelling scape goats and whiners.

Setting its propaganda machine in motion.

Sure that no one will believe what it is really doing.

Why is the public not up in arms?

Why are they not concerned

to see a government stripping rights

from its citizens?

Perhaps people are distrustful

of the well-educated,

so it’s easy to manipulate them?

Truth: 10% is off my pay cheque,

because someone else is demanding the justice today

that I marched for yesterday.

Sixty years ago,

our boys were fighting against

injustices like this.

They are likely turning in their graves

at the new chancellor

of British Columbia

and the apathetic

citizenry

who avert their eyes,

pretending not to see,

and mutter, “At least she’s not after me.”

 

poem- Mr. Williams April 6, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:13 pm
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Seriously

Mr. Williams,

What is so important

about that

red

wheelbarrow?

Does cleaning out

the chicken coop

really warrant

such angst?

.

.

With vague apologies to William Carlos Williams (what was your mother thinking?) and his apparently crucial wheelbarrow.

 

 
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