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

Selective Listening

Oh I hope you do not hear the news in there

The fear and worry, let it not seep through my skin

Into your gentle growing heart

For it will do you no good, not now or ever.

Instead listen only to my beating heart

Teaching you the rhythm of love

To which the world dances

Listen to your father's laughter

The notes of joy will carry you

Through many years and adventures

Listen to the words read aloud

From novels and poems and plays

Learn to use them and your own

For you my dear will change the world.

And if you do indeed hear the news

Let it inspire that change within you

For your life, our lives, our world.

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