Harriet Brown

Shell - Poem by Harriet Brown

I found it in the wash, the orange
shell I picked up on the beach
that last time. One of my girls—
the one named after you—

must have found it in my room
and wanted it. Clean calcareous
curve, a palm open to nothing,
reeking of sunshine

and your death. For years
I didn’t know what to do with it.
You would have liked
this story: how a child

slips grief into a careless pocket.
Breaks it to pieces. Lets it go.

Comments about Shell by Harriet Brown

  • (8/5/2011 3:40:00 PM)

    it's been years and I keep coming back to this piece..yes, it is that remarkable... (Report)Reply

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  • (8/5/2011 3:34:00 PM)

    I have not visited this site in years, but I always remembered this poem, and it brought me back..that is the mark of a great writer, when the work has a life of its own and weaves its way into the soul of the reader, so that it becomes apart of their very nature. thank you....Amberlee (Report)Reply

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  • (1/27/2006 9:55:00 AM)

    Harriet this is simply lovely. Poetry Hound suggested I take a look at this today because he read my sonnet, 'The Gift' posted today. He said our poems were very similar. They are. You have done a lovely job with this subject.Let's have more of your poetry.


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  • (3/3/2005 1:29:00 PM)

    I'm stunned, honeslty.
    I have not read poetry of this standard since Li-young lee...it's breath-taking on a level I cannot expres right now, I look forward to more of your work.

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  • (2/25/2005 9:50:00 AM)

    mighty fine work here. mighty fine. gave it a 10.0


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  • (2/25/2005 8:32:00 AM)

    Wow, this is terrific. Very powerful. Please submit more. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/25/2005 8:18:00 AM)

    Extremely poignant and beautiful. It moves me.

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Read poems about / on: beach, sunshine, grief, child, death, time, girl, children

Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 24, 2005

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