Shawn L. Bird

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poem- ominous omnipotence November 24, 2016

The clouds sink

obscuring hills with billows:

silver, grey, charcoal, black.

Heavy clouds in cold air

ready to coat the highway with danger.

We gaze out our windows

wondering whether we’ll get home before

the first storm of this winter.


poem-waiting in line March 11, 2014

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Another car

goes ice dancing



from one side of the road to the other

Sending inhabitants flying

in the death spiral.

Stop! Accident scene!

and I must wait

First in line

While 3 ambulances

2 fire trucks

2 marked police cars

4 unmarked police cars

and 2 tow trucks

sort everything out

45 mins late for work

this morning

but thankful

not to be

in one of the ambulances.

I was doing that

ice dance in the same place yesterday.

One moment we are travellers

the next we are dancers

facing a sudden stop

and a different journey.




Time for a street party! June 30, 2011

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I live a few blocks off the longest street in the world. One 7821 km long road, that connects our nation from sea to sea. It constantly amazes me how we are linked together through the Trans-Canada Highway. Whether you live in Newfoundland, Ontario, Saskatchewan or BC, it is rare if you have not travelled some distance on this road.  Thousands of us commute on it every day.

Highway One unravels in over seven thousand kilometres past oceans, lakes, trees, prairie  and mountains.   It is a ribbon that ties Canada together.  It is a symbol of Canadian unity.  Despite the diversity of the scenery that unfolds around it, the Trans-Canada Highway takes us from city to wilderness, from the suburbs to national parks.  It connect us together.

The TCH was an amazing feat to construct.  If you’ve been through the Rockies recently, you’ll see it is still producing amazing feats of impressive engineering.   Canadians and visitors alike are awed by the marvels of nature and man that span the length of this roadway.  No other nation can boast of it.  So let’s celebrate it!

Canada’s birthday is a perfect time to put barricades up at either end, so we can have a street party the entire length of the road.   Someone bring the hockey sticks for a game of shinny.  I’ll bring the red and white balloons.


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