do you see that little seashell?
left from wave swell
so delicate—
i would like it.

it’s that freckled one over there
exposed to air
lying on sand
reach out your hand.

now, did you see that seashell move?
get it, my love
make a quick grab
—a hermit crab!

Grace invites us to write “minute poems” at dVerse Poets pub. A Minute Poem has 60 syllables, 3 quatrains of 8-4-4-4 syllable lines, and aabb-ccdd-eeff rhyme scheme.

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 30, 2022 @ 10:00:04

    What a great surprise in the end.. the shell already taken


  2. Liesl Garner
    Jan 29, 2022 @ 09:40:06

    Truly a beautiful story in short lines. You show it well. I was right there with you.


  3. msjadeli
    Jan 28, 2022 @ 15:38:40

    That’s a lot of story in 60 seconds. What a surprise, for both you and the crab!


  4. sanaarizvi
    Jan 28, 2022 @ 14:06:35

    This is such a charming write, Lynn! 😀


  5. Helen Dehner
    Jan 28, 2022 @ 09:37:47

    Your One Minute Poem is a delight!!! I love the seashore, I miss traveling to the seashore.


  6. M Jay Dixit
    Jan 28, 2022 @ 04:34:46

    nostalgic and lovely, Lynn!


  7. Carol Congalton
    Jan 27, 2022 @ 20:46:58

    Absolutely delightful Lynn!


  8. rothpoetry
    Jan 27, 2022 @ 20:29:43

    This is a delightful poem of great beach combing memories! Loved the hermit crab in the moving shell.


  9. Grace
    Jan 27, 2022 @ 20:28:34

    Such precious finds – seashell and hermit crab!


  10. Becoming His Tapestry
    Jan 27, 2022 @ 20:01:45

    😀😀I would probably not reach for it


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