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.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Scribbled Conscience on Abortion Clinic Letterhead

I do not hate children.
The judgment lingering on some naysayer's breath
Dissipates as it reaches my ear,
Too full yet of sorrow, anguish
With each appointment I speak
Feathered whispers against frail skin.
She loves you, she loves you not
Let the debate not weigh upon your tiny heart.
You may not live long enough for cuddles and kisses,
Sonnets and vows,
The last hands, the only hands
To ever hold you will be mine
But dear child know I cradle you
In the nook of my heartbeat
Even as you lose yours.
For if your lungs had ever begun to breathe
They would only be filled with the distress of
Past regrets, failed promises, empty dreams
A heaviness too great to place on infants' shoulders.
I do not hate children.
Though the Pharisees may cast me down
The question begs
Do they not deserve heaven without enduring hell first?
So gently I will perform the task
Condemning myself with each sterile scrape
Of a tool made to end life
Against a body begging not to make life
As I solemnly hold in my hands life...
God might say I am saving life.
Or maybe not.
But I pray we change the world into one worthy of life
Before forcing one to exist here.


  1. That was beyond "moving".... Wow! Thank you.


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