The Shell Maiden

The Shell Maiden

I come from the rain of sky and sea,
caught on the web of a shoreline daisy,
braced low and spinning in carnival delight
with the kiss of Pacifica’s mist.

I come from the company of driftwood and seashells,
bleached white as a wedding train waiting to be worn.

The waves roll like a wedding march
announcing the union of land and deep blue dreams.
They bring a dowry of tangled vines and sand dollar spines,
and my heart says YES to this sailors treasure.

I come from the flutter of dry seaweed,
no longer rich with Oceana’s brine, and yet
adorning the beach with seafoam flare,
like rice and petals clinging to the foot of a runaway bride.

Bring me the delicacies of your wedding feast,
snapped up in the yellow of a jealous lover’s bill,
for I am treading softly here on honeymoon beds of ancient sand,
inscribing moon colored vows
on the framework
of whales.

Aimee Stewart April 2nd, 2009

The Shell Maiden

Aimee Stewart

Cashmere, United States

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Artist's Description

I rarely post my writing, but wanted to share this. I had already posted it alongside my artwork of the same titled, but figured it needed it’s own entry. This was written at ArtFest 2009 – in Port Townsend, Washington while in a class instructed by Susan Wooldridge , author of PoemCrazy and Fool’s Gold.

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