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.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I Am Woman.

I am woman.
And for some reason that name
Gave you license

To hold my tongue
   When I sought to speak

To pull out my chair
   When I strove to stand up

To close my legs
   When I longed to love

To grope my breasts
   When I told you no.

To show me the kitchen
   When I reached for the door

You took action
To assist me
To remind me
I’m behind thee.

But no longer.
I am woman.

I am work.
I am womb.
I am worth.
I am wonder.

I am.

You may keep your   man
And watch me lead the way.


  1. Love the "wo". Unique and compelling. I am behind thee. :)

  2. I can just see you spittin' this!