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The Shell (poem)

Updated on December 11, 2012

It happened on a distant friendly shore

A moonlit wave had washed a conch aside

The sands of time a bed for shell and more

As dawn awoke the glistening of tide


And there she was to wonder at the sight

A maiden fare her beauty lost to tears

For in the twinkle hopes and dreams ignite

Of lover who went missing seems like years


He is a soldier in a distant land

But where it’s strange that no one seems to know

Was this the future that their fate had planned

Her prayers and sparkling ocean told her no


It’s then amid the sand she found the shell

She hoped to hear the sea’s familiar tune

Instead she heard a voice she knew so well

Who promised her that he will be home soon


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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Oh - such beautiful words telling a true love story.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      It’s then amid the sand she found the shell

      She hoped to hear the sea’s familiar tune

      Instead she heard a voice she knew so well

      Who promised her that he will be home soon

      Beautiful words.


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Martin, I just love the ending! So positive and hopeful! I love your choice of music. I didn't think anyone but me knows and appreciates Vangelis. They are awesome, aren't they?

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      mmmmmm....goosebumps! How very romantic, Martin...You have a very old soul, my friend - which is why you have been 'chosen' to carry much through life..

      And, you do so with grace, style and humor! Bravo...

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      How touching - the romance of being by the ocean, finding a shell, and hearing the voice of your loved one whispering through the breeze. Lovely.

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      Alastar Packer 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Your a popular poet-writer and doing quite well- so very good to see that. You also have talent and vision as this poem shows so well. A new take on the lost lover ore' the sea - courtesy of nature's wonderful construction the conch-shell.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This is so beautiful. Loved it lots and passing it on.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love this. How many times i have held a shell to my ear only to hear a whisper that is never clear. Beautiful Martin..

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      I love this romantic and magical poem. Very nice.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      The poet master strikes again with another awesome poem !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Bill Blackburn 

      5 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      Flows like an ocean wave that pushes its way onto land. Well done!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Now this deserves an awesome and up. Your creativity knows no bounds.

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      5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Love the poem, love Vangelis, well done sir!

      Voted beautiful & up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow and wow wow wow. I love this. It leaves me almost speechless. So beautiful...I love it.

      Gorgeous music fitting too. Up and sharing.

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      5 years ago from Kerala

      A moon lite wave, A maiden fare....etc are so beautiful, good or lovely hub.

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      5 years ago

      Lovely song. It just takes me away. voting up awesome!

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      5 years ago from United States

      This was one of your best, my friend, and well done. whonu


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