Katherine Mansfield

(14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923 / Wellington)

The Secret


In the profoundest ocean
There is a rainbow shell,
It is always there, shining most stilly
Under the greatest storm waves
That the old Greek called "ripples of laughter."
As you listen, the rainbow shell
Sings--in the profoundest ocean.
It is always there, singing most silently!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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