Shawn L. Bird

Original poetry, commentary, and fiction. All copyrights reserved.

poem-Oh! What a beautiful sky! February 27, 2020

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:26 pm
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Look up!

Opalescent sky,

lavender pink kissed,

pearl shimmering;

sun setting behind pines,

blushing beauty,

dipping under mountains.


poem-white July 2, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:18 am
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The sky is white

dotted with turquoise,

mountain silhouettes

carved on the horizon,

one tree branch curls

like a finger,


to adventure.


poem-journey May 1, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:37 pm
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From my backyard swing

I see you on your journey

flying high above me.

What joy or sadness will you bring

in a public celebration

when you arrive at your destination?



View from the swing in my backyard.


poem- grey June 29, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:42 pm
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I can not move today.

The sky is heavy

and I am immobilized

by grey.


poem-grounded March 10, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:06 pm
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Bald eagle

standing on turned over earth

Watching the cars go by on the highway

(or pretending to,

to give the small creatures

an illusion of safety).

Bald eagle

normally surveying

road and field from  high above

is checking out a new perspective.

I wonder whether he prefers

dirt to sky?


poem- quilting world March 7, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:29 am
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The lake is charcoal flannel serge

bound with an ermine edge

beneath a quilt batting sky.



poem- choose pink December 7, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:11 pm
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“No, honey!” the mother said

reaching across that table and plucking

a crayon from her daughter’s hand.

“The sky isn’t pink.  Here,

use this blue crayon.”

The little girl blinked tears.

The teacher leaned over,

and studied the picture.

“What a beautiful sunset

you’ve drawn!” she said.



For Charlotte, who is teaching crafts at the art gallery, and is amazed at some parents.


poem- sunset November 26, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:28 pm
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The lake

is a puddle of pink paint

reflecting  clouds glistening Klimt gold

in a sky fixated on fuchsia.


Monday Meme- 2013-09-09 Red Woods September 9, 2013

Filed under: Monday Meme,Poetry,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:30 pm
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Here is a photo meme for you!

 Your assignment:

1. create a poem, story, or article based on this photo.

2. Post it on your blog.

3. Cut and paste the photo onto your post (leaving the Monday Meme text).

4. Put a link to your post in the comments to this post below so we can visit your blog.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with!  (I will leave a comment on your blog post itself, rather than posting in response to your link here).


California Red Woods


poem- horse light August 21, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:17 am
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Light is galloping across the hills

Glistening  roan, bay, and dun.

Splotches of palomino and skewbald

reflect the canter of the clouds

across the sun.



©2012 Michael Russell Used with permission.  If you love this image, you should check out Michael’s gallery!

The light was so fantastic above Kalamalka Lake on the drive home today.  I wish I’d had a camera to capture the long light, and gleaming fields of gold, russet, and brown above the lake!  Words will have to do, though Michael Russell’s beautiful photo will give you an idea of the hills and the cantering clouds, at least!


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