Seashells from a Distant Shore


For a souvenir
you brought me back
a bed of shells

Each one unique
Each one pored over

Fretting you’d not find one
I would like

I like them all
but your thoughtfulness
most of all


Author: redgladiola

Creative writer happily predisposed to flights of fancy. You can find my poetry and short prose at

32 thoughts on “Seashells from a Distant Shore”

  1. delightful! Almost like a handwritten note inside a Thank You card. Your poetry is wonderfully spare–as someone who tends to write rather too much, I appreciate the artform. Have you ever read the poetry of H.D? William Carlos Williams? W.S. Merwin is actually a brilliant example, in his later poems, of someone who manages to say exactly what he needs to say.

    1. Ah, as someone who writes sparely, I appreciate the rich language others use. I’ve read William Carlos Williams but I’ll have to see about the other poets. Thanks! =)

  2. aww, nice!

    thoughtful people care to please and you have definitely pleased your readers with this image and verse.

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