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

In the Next Life

I kiss the telephone
A sweet goodbye to all our memories
You've hung up but you hung up
Many years ago

Why can't I put down the phone?

We smile perfectly planned performance
Scripted lines stream from throats
Choking on aching confessions

Do you hear them in my eyes?
Is that why you wait to break the gaze?

In the next life we'll remember
To choose each other
In tonight's night
We'll practice in our dreams

Pictures scattered in forgotten boxes
Memories scattered in forgotten days
Or so I say
Or so I say

In the next life we'll remember
And choose each other
In tonight's night
We'll practice in our dreams

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