Friday, December 20, 2013



what did we do to one another
that now we are as the Gods,
who are in charge of different states
but think in our wise heads
that mine maybe better than yours,
or I shall diminish the other to dominate,
Don't you know that the universe is big
too big to exclude anyone
and it's foolish to think criminal thoughts
while enjoying one's freedom of differing voices.
Be proud of your own associations,
Let others fly ahead, behind, above, or below you,
Latent flight can be managed to validate your focus.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Imprisoned inside

Imprisoned inside,
My imagination has gone for a wild ride.
Budding tree leaves,
Bursting blossoms,
Bubbling breeze,
Brain-storming classrooms.
This is Spring!
Blue pools,
Bright skies,
Banned Schools,
Burning desires.
This is Summer.
Brown earth,
Beaming faces,
Beautiful births,
Blasting graces,
This is Autumn.
Blowing snow,
Barren fields,
Bittersweet frost,
Bare trees.
This is Winter.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dr. Matthew Mailman, Conductor - Oklahoma Youth Winds


Dr. Matthew MailmanDr. Matthew Mailman has been a conductor with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras since 1997, and is the conductor and founder of the Oklahoma Youth Winds. He is Professor of Conducting in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, a position he has held since 1995. He serves as Music Director for the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company and Conductor of OCU's award-winning Wind Philharmonic. In the fourteen years since his appointment, he has conducted twenty-six operas and musicals and has led the Wind Philharmonic in nine world premieres, on five tours, at two OK Mozart Festivals, and at seven convention performances. He teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and coordinates OCU's Masters in Conducting program. Recent opera performances include Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflote, La Bohome, and Andre Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire. As Conductor/Artist in Residence at Opera in the Ozarks he conducted Carlisle Floyd's opera Susannah in the summer of 2007 and Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte in 2008.
For almost five years, Dr. Mailman wrote, produced, and hosted "No Strings Attached", a weekly radio program on music for winds on KCSC Edmond-Oklahoma City/ KBCW McAlester producing 180 new shows between 2004 and 2008. His work has been published in The Instrumentalist and Teaching Music, and he is a research associate and writer for 9 volumes in the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Southern Music publishes his arrangement of Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2, K. 314 for Harmonie.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pirouetting Autumn

 The tree blushed - a rude blast of air
Betrayed a shapely bough.
My saddened heart aware
That Nature's clock was chiming,
I froze upon the twelfth
Clanging tone, caught alone,
Staring at a creaking door -
Left ajar for dancing, coloured Autumn,
Pirouetting in her leaves,
While agitated summer creatures
Backed away resignedly,
Sighing in protracted breves.
I turned; gave company;
We stood together, watching
Summer slowly blow away.

Copyright Mark R Slaughter 2009

Friday, October 11, 2013

Monday Meme- Yaquina Head Lighthouse October 7, 2013


Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:43 am

Monday Meme of the

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Newport, Oregon

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).

Painful thoughts you sit and stew,
Broadening memories come from you.
Hate the way you torment me, pry my brain with more longing.
Silent peace at once forgotten, flying angels seem like a concept.
Twisting neurons firing greed, winding my brain to selfish need.
Walking with my head down low, know where I’ve gone and where I’ll go.
Convinced at once with thoughts of doom, reflected by the grey clouds gloom.
Turning pain within my speak, writhing anguish churns in me.
So much loss with cost unknown, too much absence for hope to grow.
Leave me run from bitter’s steed, I have to breathe my soul to ease.
- Thomas M. Watt



Shawn L. Bird

Shuswap Lake, BC
Shawn Bird is a high school English teacher, poet, and YA author in the beautiful Shuswap region of British Columbia, Canada. She is a proud member of Rotary and a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Additional Peers, Mentors, Tutors, and Instructors of Sheng's Piano, Basketball, Baseball, Swimming Lessons/Training...1997-2010

Believe it or not, I know that Sheng has taken private piano lessons (1997-2004), private cello lesson (2005-2010), plus lots of gifted kids camps, music camps, basketball and baseball programs, swimming lessons level I to V, and tennis lessons at locale community, maybe marathon training upon going to college starting 2010..

Here is some names I discovered by looking at his folders, please don't take it personally in case you used to be a helpful mentor to Sheng but your name is not listed, i tried, but it is still an incomplete list so far...

In NO particular order, random listing...

Denise McClurg (piano teacher),
Nikigo Freeman,
Jeff Newcomev,
Whiteney Cooper, (Swimming),
Barbara Reeder, (National High School Institute at Nu, summer music camp),
Dan Farris,
Toni-Marie Montgomery,
Deborah Collins,
Kate Igoe,
Jean Burnett,
Greg Lee,
Jon Ruck,
Amy Cheng,

Lisa Marie Storm,
Amelia Jeannette Wilson,
Gayla Foster (Summer Arts ),
Hitomi Kawamitsa (Japanese Friend),
Eine Kleine Quartzmusik,
Diane Ackmann,
Michael Brewer,
Nathan Greenwood,
 Angie Hill,
Rick Gimbel,

Ming Gao (Notary Certificate of Sheng's birth to parents Jiahong Wu and Ji Yan, beijing)
Austin McClain Mitchell,
Isabel Frances Sanders,
Sean W. Yan,
Tyler Scott Martin,
Roger M. Myers,
Yagmur Tok,
Jim Amerson,
Steven K. Marks,
Theodora Morris,
Ralph Morris,
Hong Zhu,
charlee Lanis,
Justin Pourtorkan,
Ginger Coleman,

Peter Nguyen,
Ashlley Northam,
Curtis Hansen,
Miho Fisher,
Kea Beasley,
Nancy L. vonBargen,
Matt Hull,
Ross Sethman,
Richard R. Miller,
 David Cockrell,
Gay Washington,
Ryan McCaghren,
Jared Yust,
Mellisa Wills,
Toni Wolfe,
Mark Rountree,
Matt Register,
Kyle Norris,
Dale Alspach,

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Autumn © Miteshwar Singh

Thou tomb of summer
Vaulting its great might
Threshold of frosty weather
Into view of end a bite

Painting of nature
Earth’s view enchanted
Thou leaf of Transition
Root of death’s bed

Dilapidated souls- crunchy leaves
Picturesque of thy might
Dancing flames of fire
Singing death even bright

Red, Gold, Orange and green
Rainbow fall foliage
And pumpkins of corn fields
So drowsy a gaze

Thou dirge of the dying year
In whose charm dance scarecrows
Ripe nuts brown shake and fall
Mesmerizing thou pose

Thou leaf bright and dark
Barrier of youth and age
Piercing trumpet of winter
Truly the trick of the marge

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Repetition By Kay Ryan

Trying to walk
the same way
to the same
store takes
high-wire balance:
each step not
exactly as
before risks
chasms of
flatness. One
tumble alone
and nothing
happens, Few
are the willing
and few
the champions!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Moral Haiku By Kristjaan Panneman

honor your parents
don't let them feel sad about you -

family of swans

Credits: Family of Swans,

Thursday, June 27, 2013

North and South Carolina

North Carolina and South Carolina sit next to each other,
gracing far east of North America along the shore
of Atlantic ocean, republican candidate Gingrich
wins the state, Caroline lily flowers, Cruz hot girls,
golf championships, and chickadee birds make the place
spicy, heartwarming, and entertaining. Universities
at both north and south Caroline are comprehensive.