Sea Treasures

For Sarah’s prompt over at dVerse Poets Pub. Poetry and mindfulness. “First of all, I want you to find a small object….so long as it fits in the palm of your hand.Now, set the timer for a couple of minutes…” Then write a poem about the object(s).

Sea Treasures
“Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand” William Blake
Tiny sea treasures picked up decades ago,
Carefully saved amazingly whole and unbroken,
smooth, pristine, perfect.
Sitting on a shelf in my mother’s room
for many years.
Fragile. Strong.
Incredible tiny shells
from the rough ocean.
Scooped up by my teenaged hands
and kept as treasures
beyond death.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

    Sep 25, 2018 @ 19:58:07

    Love the contrast of smooth and rough. I’ve always had shells on the shelves of my childhood home too.


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 25, 2018 @ 20:07:12

      I love these tiny shells. They are over 50 years old (rescued from the ocean age). The bitty sand dollaralways amazes me.

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  2. Waltermarks
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 20:12:15

    They are so beautiful and strong, a lasting treasure from your mom. They are indeed treasures beyond death, theirs as well.


  3. Frank Hubeny
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 20:20:15

    It is amazing how such small things bring back large memories.


  4. Ayala
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 21:07:58



  5. rothpoetry
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 23:14:34

    Shells from the beach have stories to tell, if we just stop and study them for awhile. I like how you collection has both fragile and strong from the unforgiving ocean!


  6. revivedwriter
    Sep 25, 2018 @ 23:19:30

    “Kept as treasures beyond death.” I have never heard of seashells described that way, but it seems apt and, in your poem, a good symbol.


  7. kim881
    Sep 26, 2018 @ 03:51:11

    A perfect Blake quote and, for me, a perfect poem, Toni! I am a beachcomber, when I get the chance to go to the beach, but I’m amazed that you still have sea treasures:
    ‘Carefully saved amazingly whole and unbroken,
    smooth, pristine, perfect.
    Sitting on a shelf in my mother’s room
    for many years’..
    I also love the connection between your life now and your ‘teenaged hands’.


  8. sarahsouthwest
    Sep 26, 2018 @ 04:15:52

    I love the contrast between the roughness of the ocean and the smooth delicacy of the shells. Impossible not to scoop them up, impossible not to treasure them.


  9. Singledust
    Sep 26, 2018 @ 07:29:08

    they are very beautiful, my daughter collects seas shells and catalogs them, they are really treasures from the sea and I am touched how well you have kept them as a memory in your mother’s old room


  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 26, 2018 @ 14:36:39

    I love how you have connected them to the memories… I recon you can remember the moment you picked them when you hold them


  11. K. McGee
    Sep 26, 2018 @ 20:12:28

    They are beautiful treasures indeed. I’ve never seen such a small sand dollar. Amazing how the smallest things can bring such a fullness of heart.


  12. Janice
    Sep 27, 2018 @ 07:58:25

    Different layers of infinite. The quote sets up the poem nicely…familiar treasures that carry different memories for each of us.


  13. Mish
    Sep 29, 2018 @ 13:14:53

    I have a few collections as well. I love the fragility and intricacy of shells. I like how you make note of the contrast of strength and fragility. An amazing combination.


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