Shae O'Brien grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and it has bred her to have a love for music, coffee, the ocean, and rain. Her love for writing was planted at a young age, with the encouragement of beautiful family and inspiring teachers, and grew into a passion she cannot go a day without. During the day, Shae is also an English teacher, promoting the art of the written word among the youth of Austin. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Off The Wookie, AIPF Di-verse-city Anthology 2012, and TWENTY: Poems In Memoriam. She recently self-published her first chapbook, "Truths Unspoken", which takes the reader on a poetic journey through the passion, love, heartbreak, and rebirth of a relationship. You may find her on any given night writing or performing her work around Austin, TX.

Please note that all poems and/or parts are the property of Shae O'Brien and should not be shared without giving due credit.

Thank you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


You enter my life with
Bullets in your eyes
And I wonder who taught you
To exchange your rattle
For a pistol,
Your "I love you"s
For "niggas",
Your hugs
For handshakes,
Your innocence
For a teardrop tattoo.

And I wonder,
If I gave you a rattle,
Would you play?

If I whispered "I love you"
Would you seek out my embrace?

If I offered you innocence
Would your scars disappear?
Would the bullets in your eyes
Melt into real teardrops
And wash all the hatred away?

1 comment:

  1. I am publishing this poem in my magazine Harbinger Asylum, in our Spring 2012 issue. It will be available in March. If you'd like a copy, they are two dollars each. Please email me at desireofdogs@gmail.com.

    Thank you for reading,
    Dustin Pickering, editor-in-chief