Shawn L. Bird

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poem-when May 29, 2018

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:56 am
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(An early Father’s Day poem)

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When I was little

your face was behind a camera

capturing moments of my small life,

fearlessly climbing the steps on the tallest slide,

thigh high stretches for a toddler,

far above your head,

not afraid;

no pain had touched me.

Your greatest gift was security

to grow up confident in your love.

No one else ever loved me so well

or with such shameless devotion.

Oh, how great my loss.

When I miss you,

as I often do,

my memories are lit with

gratitude,

gratitude,

gratitude.

 

poem-care March 8, 2018

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:40 am
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She shouldn’t care more about you

than you do yourself.

Your success should be on your shoulders

not on hers.

She can guide, support, aid,

but you must do the work,

think the thoughts, stretch your brain,

believe you can.

There is no easy way.

You need to care enough to be your best,

trust the tools and safe venue for risk,

let her cheer from the side,

as she watches you ride

away into your future.

You need to trust, this isn’t a place

to stay.

 

poem- scream August 11, 2017

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 10:00 pm
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My feet are too big

Those great shoes would look like canoes.

I’m too fat

no one would hire me.

My memory sucks

I could never share my words.

I can’t.

I’m not good enough.

I’m not.

SCREAM!

Seize your power!

Seize your words!

Scream them out!

Drown out self-doubt!

You are!

You are!

You ARE!

You are worthy.

You are worth it.

You are the only you.

You are the

only

you.

We

need

you

to embrace the you

we believe in.

We believe.

We believe

in your voice:

SCREAM!

 

poem-loyal November 28, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:42 pm
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You think it’s a good idea to help someone out,

to help friends stay together..

So she wasn’t the first choice; it was a nice thing to do,

and she was thankful, for a little while,

but then she grabbed at other opportunities,

shunned the faith entrusted in her.

And in a desperate time,

abandoned the team.

I didn’t want her back.  Disloyalty is the greatest wrong.

To accept responsibility and then on a whim to leave,

throws trust back at the giver, laughs at them.

But she returned, and slowly trust was growing,

but here we are again.

Repeating the story.

It’s simply a lack of integrity when your commitments

mean nothing.  We are to train our students in ‘soft skills’

for the new workforce.  Here’s an important one:

be reliably trustworthy.

If you demonstrate a lack of commitment,

you will never get a good recommendation,

because no one will be committed to you.

It’s hard to earn trust and too easy to destroy it.

Once your lack of  honour has been displayed,

you wear it like a beacon that declares:

disloyal!

 

 

 

poem-distrust October 17, 2015

There was something.

There was something in that bombastic laugh

that set a tingle up my spine,

something not quite right that climbed out from behind your eyes,

incised the benefit of the doubt.

There was something that kept me holding back

long before your strange attack.

Perhaps my intuition,

just knew it wasn’t safe to trust?

 

poem-promise September 29, 2015

Those childish promises

made with fervent belief

prove the power of intention:

Fealty sworn with hooked pinkies

in confident conviction.

 

poem- faith June 3, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:22 pm
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I see your fear

that your words are inadequate,

that what you offer is not

good not

enough not

good enough.

But your words are.

Have faith that when you climb to the heights

when you are brave enough to free your words

that I am holding the ladder steady

so you won’t fall.

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(A teacher poem)

 

 
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