Mixing it up: Poetry by Christy Birmingham and Shawn M. Soles

Paper is calling us, wanting poetry written

Friendship mixes with paper, ideas and poetry. Photo Source: Lel4nd, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

Let the poetic collaborations continue! This project features a combined poem, which I wrote with my friend, the intriguing writer Shawn M. Soles. I’ve known Shawn for a few years now, although neither of us can quite recall which social media network or blog was the place we first met. Our poem digs deeper into this haziness, and we title it “Memory of First Contact.”

We had fun, each of us writing a verse or two before passing the poem back to the other. I call it word-pong, giving reference to the fun game called ping-pong. It’s not about trying to outdoing one another but instead about seeing where the phrases go. We both quite like the outcome and hope you do too!

Memory of First Contact

Let it be still, this bill
Of consequences
For whether this feather
Of sequences

Travel it may and stay within
The hearts of those willing

Alas much had to end
My friend
And confidant.

You see,
The flight took our light and

Shined it to the moon, with hopes and
So many smiles, with
So many joys of what was
To come.

And come what may,
For our creativity is a
Beautiful feather that flies,
Dancing with us when we put risk aside,
And we step around failure to
Instead be guided by strong
Words, certain friends and
Want for a new tomorrow.

Swirls and Pearls
Around floats that feather
Pen at end of said
Binds us with endless possibilities and delight
Now we take on a “______” flight…

The smile a mile or less
Glistened in that square portrait, “Us creatives should stick together”
Or along those lines they fell like a feather
Which social platform that started it all will remain a mystery.

Aha, you contacted me, within the contextual,
And the concoction that then came up was
One that lighted over the waters of kindness.
Witty and wondrous, our feather came to land
On lands of consciousness, picking up the pen
To send us off on an adventure together,

The smile a mile or less
Glistened in that square portrait, “Us creatives should stick together.”


©2014 Christy Birmingham and Shawn M. Soles

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About Shawn M. Soles

Shawn M. Soles is Saskatchewan born and raised in the west side of two cities. A mixer of words and phrases without warning. Mostly gibberish and personal perspective with a dash of obtuse. This person is one against referring himself in the third person when writing a biography, especially about himself…Not one for exposing his true intentions, for really I do not know what they are. I once made a phrase to describe myself. And it goes a little bit like this:”Little bit Looney I am, but all in good intentions. I don’t make sense, nor do I try to. Here to have fun, but not at the expense of others.”

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If you have been following Shawn and/or I, can you guess who wrote which verse?


Past collaborations:


64 thoughts on “Mixing it up: Poetry by Christy Birmingham and Shawn M. Soles

    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Yes, Ray – Shawn and I both enjoy poetry but in very different ways. That’s why we like the end result so much, I think. Great you articulated it so well in your comment too!


  1. Charlene Woodley

    Word-pong, I love it! I’m guessing that the subtle and lovely whimsical rhymes came from Shawn soles. (Will definitely be checking out the blog – sounds awesome)… I love the personality in those lines and of course the abstract beauty that continuously emanates from you my friend Christy – This piece was all kinds of cool! Way to go with the word-pong! 🙂


    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Yes, whimsical is great word to describe Shawn’s portions of the poem. Thanks for appreciating the collaboration here, Charlene. I like your phrase “all kinds of cool” too — IKR! Love you 🙂


  2. Aquileana

    I liked the ending product … The first stanza stands out … I enjoyed the way you have been playing with that beautiful feather that flies along your words and all through the poem and along its lines.

    Best wishes, xo Aquileana 🙂


    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Aqui,
      You’re the only one to point out about the feather! You are clever and really understand the poem – thank-you! We are flowing in the wind, with friendships and smiles 🙂 Thanks for being such a great friend to me!!


  3. Clanmother

    “On lands of consciousness, picking up the pen
    To send us off on an adventure together,”

    Absolutely delightful! In the end, it is all about the connections that we make that will give meaning to our words, thoughts, ideas and narratives. Thank you for the introduction to another remarkable Canadian!!!


  4. irinadim

    Delightful collaboration! I can make one guess only. I had a look at Shawn’s blog, I’d say he wrote this:
    ‘ Swirls and Pearls
    Around floats that feather’


  5. penpusherpen

    a great twosome, Christy and Shawn, … and the ‘duet’ worked so well.. I tried once but had a hard time trying to ‘fit’ two differing styles. congrats for you ‘did’ it, perfectly…. 😀 xxx


  6. syl65

    Incredible flow, give and take. Like two rhythm guitar players taking turns playing lead. Great work and words from you and Shawn, Christy : )


  7. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB)

    Collaboration can yield such interesting results, as “Memory of First Contact” shows here. It would be interesting to read a process post on how some of your collaborations have went to allow a behind-the-scenes look. I haven’t collaborated on a writing project in years.


  8. Mike

    A wonderful joining of minds. The introductory lines are a gifted aural treat that hooks the reader and using the feather as a device was inspired. Congrats both.


  9. lscotthoughts

    What a beautiful feather that flew to a wonderful collaboration. And isn’t it awesome to dance, while putting risk aside and stepping around failure? Encouraging and fun word play and a great piece of creativity from you both, Christy! 🙂 xx



    Successful amalgamation,notable outcome,Chisty ! The feathers of your ispirations are softly carried away and pleasantly dance to the tune of the winds together …You have debunked the popular proverb “Birds of a feather flock together….
    Doda 🙂 xxx


  11. D.G.Kaye

    Interesting poem. I could sense the words sometimes of 2 different authors, and then the nice meld between the two. I loved the feather analogy and it also gave me a vision of a quilled pen used in older times in writing. 🙂


  12. ladyelenauk

    Lovely, warm poem that reflects the beautiful bond you both have. (I just saw your avatar on Sylvester’s blog and thought I’d pop over to see you…with my virtual coffee)



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