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

Life's Other Lovers

I read emails like love stories
A passion filled play
Of longing and yearning
Will she go? Will she stay?
It's a breathless revival
Of a truth long discovered
That your first love is the best love
Once that love is uncovered.

I have a ring-covered finger
Up a still-empty hand
The promises meant to fill it
Were given with the same plan
To hold her and keep her
But she isn't me
I read love like a history book
Of lovers I'll never be.

What a beautiful plot
To woo with a fervor
The love of your life
So you may never lose her
But when loss comes and goes
As loss often does
You must try to move on
With the least painful cost.

I read emails like love stories
Between two lost lovers
That gave all that they had
And left none for future others
So we "others" will keeping reading
To find what we lack
To dream of fictional futures
We have only to look back.

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