THE SHELLS

The poem below is the second one I wrote for the book “Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women”. There were many submissions for the book, which became a #1 bestseller on Amazon in just one day; I consider myself very fortunate to have been among those selected to appear in this important and timely anthology of the challenges and adversities women face and how they overcome them. I hope you enjoy my poem “The Shells”.


Shells scattered along the shore

Some glittering in the golden sunlight

Lapis lazuli kisses of blue and green upon the water

So wondrous in their radiant beauty

Delicate as the blossoms of a dewy lilac tree

Day and night the waves wash over the shells

Yet they retain their brilliant resilience 

Trodden upon by eyes bewitched by shooting stars

In the blackness of the night

Some are picked up and tossed into the sea

Only to return upon the next wave

Those trampled into the sand do not sink

They are not swallowed up by the sea 

Nor do they disappear

For as fragile and tenuous as they may appear

They stand the eternal test of time

Ever rising as an Easter Morn

For they are the She Shells

They are women

NAR Β© 2022

29 thoughts on “THE SHELLS”

  1. Nancy it is a beautifully written piece and the ending of course is just priceless. Such a beautiful collection of poetry from so many talented writers. Big Blessings, love Joni

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    1. I really don’t think of myself as a poet, Joni. I dabble occasionally is poetry but I’m a storyteller. Contributing to that fabulous book was such a thrill, something I will never forget. I love reading your stunning pieces as well. Big hugs! πŸ’•

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      1. I think you are a great storyteller but I think your cutting yourself very short not to consider yourself a poet. You are in a number one best selling anthology and your your work is beautiful. I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t mean it. Lots of love to you and your blessed family. πŸ¦‹β€οΈπŸŒΉπŸ€—πŸ₯°πŸ™

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