Shawn L. Bird

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poem-seeing November 8, 2018

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:29 pm
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We fight to see

through blurs,

double vision,

colour corrected, blue filter.

Which is better, one

or two?


or two?

Where do the eyes track

as you read this text?

What games does your brain play

with your eyes?

How are you blind?

Through which lenses can you see?




Due to my ongoing concussion symptoms, I had a visual therapy evaluation today. Fascinating stuff.  Got me thinking about sight.


poem-dull April 25, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:23 am
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Your wits are dull

Your eyes are glazed

Your ambitions are low

You are dull

There is nowhere

for you to go.


future hope December 5, 2011

Filed under: Commentary,Pondering — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:11 pm
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All of his hope for his future was absolutely exploding into nothing. I think that just completely destroys somebody in a moment.   ~Richard Armitage


Armitage is referring in this quote to a character who must kill his beloved, so the observation is a bit of an understatement!  Taking the remarks out of that specific context, however, there is a bit of a message here.

When we do not have hope, we are destroyed.  In desperate situations–times of war, for example–those without hope have no strength to carry on.  They give up and are lost.   In contrast, those who hope that better days are coming, fight strength to live another day.

Proverbs 29:18 suggests that “Without vision, the people perish.”  Vision can be equated with hope in this situation.  You have to be able to imagine a better future, and if you can begin to actually formulate plans to improve the future, so much the better.  Vision is hope.

I know someone who is going through a bitter divorce at the moment.  Bitterness, agony, rejection and depression are sucking hope out of life, and there is no positive vision.  Unable to hear that he holds in his own hands the ability to create his own happiness, helplessness has overwhelmed him.

The second part of Proverbs 29:18 adds, “but he that keeps the law is happy.”  I’m not sure how vision fits with keeping the law.  How does do they relate to each other?  The idea of obedience bringing happiness fits with theocratic governance, of course, but vision and obedience seem somewhat at odds.   Those who take the vision and make it power have the joy of living in a spirit of grace, whether or not they’re happy with the law.






greatness June 25, 2010

What makes a great person? The kindness and empathy of Mother Theresa working in the Indian slums? The determination of Mahatma Ghandi to forge peaceful change? The vision of Pierre Trudeau to repatriate Canada’s constitution? The inspiration of Terry Fox’s run across Canada for cancer research.

The common thread seems to be a desire to achieve a goal that is bigger than the individual. Those who achieve greatness touch many lives in striving for their goals. They are inspirational simply because of their focus. Others are drawn to believe in the cause simply because of the profound faith in it. Emulation is a natural by-product of a genuine, forthright effort toward a cause.

I’m not sure that many who achieve greatness aspire to it. They aspire to reach the goal they see and it is their success that brings admiration. Of course, along the way they must overcome obstacles, doubters, difficulties. Commitment to the vision is required. Many people have run across Canada without achieving the glory of Terry Fox. Many nuns labour among the poor of the world. Many politicians correct historical wrongs. Many lawyers end up in jail. None of these things makes anyone great.

Profound vision. Commitment. Success.

These are the hallmarks of greatness.

Do you have a single-minded vision that could change the world? Perhaps greatness is in your future as well.


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