Dora Sigerson Shorter

(1866-1918 / Ireland)

The Scallop Shell - Poem by Dora Sigerson Shorter

A scallop shell, loosed by the lifting tide,
Had left a friendly shore, the seas to brave;
Its lips of pink and snowy hollow shone
Pure in the sun, a pearl upon the wave.
It gleamed and passed—you burdened it with love,
With sweet long futures, new and dreamy days
And named for me—because I held your hopes.
I bid you hush—not meriting your praise.
I pointed, as your vessel came to shore,
Wrecked where the tiny breakers rose and fell;
And bid your voyagers not put to sea
So frail a craft as this poor scallop shell.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010



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