Andrew Shields


I had wings to fly,
but that didn’t help in Junior High.

The kids were full of scorn
and hate, because of how I was born.

Sure, I would fly away,
but I had to come down for lunch each day.

I dunked at an early age,
but that just spurred the other children’s rage.

My teachers loved my wings—
but teachers always love such things.

After eighth grade, we moved;
I thought I’d hide those wings I loved.

But here was something cool—
dozens of kids had wings at my new school!


Andrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland. His collection of poems “Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong” was published by Eyewear in 2015. His band Human Shields released the album “Somebody’s Hometown” in 2015 and the EP “Défense de jouer” in 2016.


Image: Crosby Sands – David Coldwell