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.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Shadowed Thoughts (April 19, 2013)

The screen zooms in on a face of horror
A face of innocence
A voiceless mouth
Youthful skin
Shadowed thoughts
I know not where his loyalties lie
Allah, Al Qeida, older brother
Where you see a terrorist
I see a student
Where you see death
I see life without future
Had he entered my room
Would the boat be empty
Would the runners finish the race
Would the seam of tomorrow
Never be unstrung?

The heavy silence of unanswered questions
Weighs down the high hopes
Left hanging in my empty room.

I pray for life.

As always, I pray for life.

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