Just a shell

just a shell

It’s just a shell.
Small but perfect,
Picked up on the beach that day.
Its sits beside the little stone you found,
Children hand in hand
Along a winter shore.

It’s just a shell.
Nothing very special
There were hundreds of them
Washed up on the beach that way
Strewn across the sand
When the tide came.

It’s just a shell
A hollow thing
And empty, just a memory
Of a gifted day
Beside the waves.

I have it still.
It’s just a shell.
It sits within my hand
And I hear laughter
Dancing in the windswept dunes
And smile through tears
And face the day…
Just a shell.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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37 Responses to Just a shell

  1. Jordan says:

    Lovely, Sue❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  2. buffalopound says:

    Small, delicate – just lik a shell. Thanks for posting, Sue.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ritu says:

    Wonderful how simple little objects can bring back the most wonderful memories 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  4. barbtaub says:

    Amazing how something so tiny and fragile can hold such big memories…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Every now and then, Sue, you write a poem that really speaks to me. This is lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. jenanita01 says:

    But it never was ‘just a shell’ was it?


  7. Tempest says:

    Reblogged this on Tempest.


  8. Lovely Sue. We’ve got quite a collection that we’ve picked up off the beach now.
    When we were looking for a second shell similar to the one I’d taken down to Mum last year, most of the ones I picked up were still occupied!


  9. Mary Smith says:

    A lovely poem, Sue. It’s amazing how such a small thing can hold so much.


  10. Darlene says:

    A wonderful poem that I can relate to. Love it.


  11. So beautiful it gave me chills, Sue. I love this.


  12. Your poetry is always magical, Sue! I really love it.


  13. I can so appreciate this one 🙂


  14. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely poem, Sue!


  15. pvcann says:

    Yes the title belies the reality, great poem.


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