I gave you a gift,
something you admired
and expressed an interest in having.

It was of little consequence,
no value in the eyes of man.
A stone it was —
variegated,
an incised moon-shaped beauty
of dappled rust and strawberry top.

And though I’d discovered it
and envisioned it nestled
amongst the coloured glass and slipper shells
on my bathroom windowsill,
I gave it to you.

Later that same day
you dismissively told me
that you left it on a table
in some West End restaurant.

I have no claim to that stone,
that small piece of barred earth.
And though I bore it for just a moment in time,
it captured a place in my heart.

I was sad to learn of its loss.

And sadder still to learn how lightly you held it.

 

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NaPoWriMo
Day 19

Today’s challenge is to use one or more of the actual sea shell names below to write a poem. The poem doesn’t have to be about sea shells at all — just inspired by one or more of the names.

Peruvian Hat     Snout Otter Clam     Strawberry Top     Incised Moon
Sparse Dove     False Cup-and-Saucer     Leather Donax     Shuttlecock Volva
Striped Engina     Tricolor Niso     Triangular Nutmeg     Shoulderblade Sea Cat
Woody Canoebubble     Ghastly Miter     Heavy Bonnet     Tuberculate Emarginula
Lazarus Jewel Box     Unequal Bittersweet     Atlantic Turkey Wing

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