Shell Life

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Shell Edward Weston (1927) Fair Use

A creature made his home here for a time.
Striations and nicks were left behind.
Structure maintains integrity,
with knot of infinity
curled tightly at one end.
Storm-tossed without bend.
the essence.
light of

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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22 Responses to Shell Life

  1. Sherry says:

    Beautifully penned. It is amazing how shells stay intact while being tossed around in the waves.


  2. I particularly like the phrase “knot of infinity.” Wonderful description.


  3. sanaarizvi says:

    Love this especially; “Storm-tossed without bend.” 💜


  4. Kerry says:

    knot of infinity
    What a great image – kind of an oxymoron.

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  5. Marian says:

    Yes, just like that.


  6. The infinity makes so much sense with a spiral like that,


  7. Ah, this is so well penned. I loved this bit: “with knot of infinity/curled tightly at one end”.


  8. “Structure maintains integrity,
with knot of infinity
curled tightly at one end.” Love the sound of these lines.


  9. Jim says:

    Better than reading palms, you read the shell better than any palm. Also written in report form, sort of, like the findings of an anthropologist.


  10. Pat: willow88switches says:

    I really liked the “knot of infinity” at one end – what a lovely duality and placement, which makes for fascinating word/mind ideas …. a curious and astute observation this 🙂


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