The Audacity of Shells

(Poet’s note: Comments were accidentally turned off on this piece. Apologies! It’s fixed!)

Blessed are the incidental and capricious

Artless in their embryonic buoyancy

Contrarian cocoons in their disparaging drifts

Antagonists of the tide

Vying for vespertine dreams

Dead to rights, in menial defiance

Of the complex and autonomous centrifugal

Antithetical to the anchors and ancient oysters

Such are these frenetic, armored beings

Tangled like tubular bells

Felt in the mercury of the moon’s etudes

Impotent mollusks laying inherent claim to the shores

The poison poured into the man ‘o wars

An elliptical consistently misconstrued

By adolescent vessels nestled

On the littoral of the Aegean Sea

The callow embellishments of coral

The boisterous refute of juno’s volute

One finds the most sedimentary shells

Littering the shelf

Bereft with inconvenience

Zealous in their ostentatious averment

In the birthing of pearls

Yet lock-jawed as dozing crocodiles 

The audacity of shells

Errantly stigmatizing themselves

a. duncan, 2020


 

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One thought on “The Audacity of Shells

  1. I can nearly hear the jingling audacity of the narcissistic shells within the lines. It’s onomatopoeiac. Shells too busy being blinded by their own pearls.

    “An elliptical consistently misconstrued
    By adolescent vessels nestled
    On the littoral of the Aegean Sea”

    Beautiful and brilliant dearest April. Glad I get to comment now they’re on. Just FYI, your comments are also turned off for your latest post.

    Liked by 2 people

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