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.

Friday, March 8, 2013

My God is a Woman

My God is a woman.
She is a mysterious beauty
Who men seek to own and control.
They rape the very womb
From which she birthed them
By their violent wars
While calling out her name.

My God is a mother.
She feeds the world her love
Through the milk of her breast.
And though she weeps tears
Upon their silent thankless lives
She never ceases to give them
The nutrition they need to carry on.

My God is a wife.
She prepares a home of comfort
While awaiting their return.
As they seek out that which benefits
Their own fantasies and desires
They need only to come home
To find that which makes them content.

I am my God's daughter.
Between my legs holds her beauty.
Within my breast carries her love.
Through my hands I offer her provisions.
Man may seek to control and to own me.
But they will fail as they have failed before.
For I am my God's daughter.
My name is not fit for their lips.
My soul cannot be chained.
My words will not be silenced.

My God lives. And so shall I.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Sleigh bells echo oft--
Presents gather dust below
A newly placed urn.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Featured Poet at Austin International Poetry Festival 2013

I am honored and excited to announce that I have been chosen as a Featured Poet at this year's Austin International Poetry Festival. As a featured poet, I will be leading a workshop on poetry techniques, reading at various venues, and will be featured in the AIPF Di-Verse-City 2013 Anthology.

This festival gave me the courage to first share my poetry with the public in 2009, and I am very humbled to now be representing this festival for the incredible city of Austin.The festival is April 11th-14th and includes a line-up of enthralling talent, a variety of educational workshops, entertaining readings, and social activities where you can meet fellow writers, editors, publishers, and more. You don't want to miss out!

For those of you interested in attending this awesome festival, you can find more information and register at www.aipf.org. Also, make sure to follow me and sign up for email updates, and I will post more details as they are finalized. I will be selling copies of my chapbook, Truths Unspoken, and would love to see you there. Thank you all for your support--as long as you keep reading, I will keep writing!

Write on!