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NaPoWriMo prompt for today invites one to use some of the more, ahem, exotic, of the seashell names. This list was kindly provided:

Peruvian Hat, Snout Otter Clam. Strawberry Top. Incised Moon. Sparse Dove. False Cup-and-Saucer. Leather Donax. Shuttlecock Volva, Striped Engina. Tricolor Niso, Triangular Nutmeg,
Shoulderblade Sea Cat, Woody Canoebubble’ Ghastly Miter, Heavy Bonnet, Tuberculate Emarginula, Lazarus Jewel Box, Unequal Bittersweet, Atlantic Turkey Wing


While seashells are something I daily collect,
As all of my readers can tell,
When fossicking I do not often select
The fancy-named species too well;
I often come up with a cowrie,
But not with an item more flowery,
Tuberculate Emarginula reflect
Enough to scare even a Maori!

I frequently find many spirals and cones –
But Tricolor Niso do not –
And Wentletraps, Conchs and Cuttlefish Bones;
Sparse Dove, though, are sparse quite a lot;
A Mitre is something I know of,
And have, indeed, made some a show of;
Still, meeting a Ghastly one, uttering groans?
Bowel contents, there’d be quite a flow of!

I’ve taken more Scallops than has any Chief
Of Native American stock,
Yet Shoulderblade Sea Cats would give claws for grief
If creeping from under a rock!
With naughty lass I will go finding
A Nautilus; that I’m not minding,
But Woody Canoebubble beggars belief –
My sanity’s started unwinding!

© Colonialist April 2014 (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. The Asian says:

    I’m very uneducated when it comes to shell names, I know almost nothing!


  2. I’m so impressed, both with your collection and your fabulous poem, but not so much with the ‘bowel contents’ bit. 😯


  3. Sonel says:

    Absolutely beautiful Col and your rhyme just makes it more beautiful. 😀


  4. granny1947 says:

    Love it…you are so clever with words!


  5. calmgrove says:

    Amazing list, Col, I’m not doubting they’re genuine names — I believe everything you write — but really? Shuttlecock Volva? Just checked, is April 20th the new 1st?!

    Tempted to provide my own list:
    Strawberry Whirl,
    Gooseberry Girl,
    Limp Wrist,
    Tight Fist,
    Emile Gorgonzola,
    Saturnine Toga,
    Alpine Pinnacle,
    Waxing Cynical.

    Well, one of them’s bound to be genuine…

    Pasg Hapus!


  6. Our wonderful collection of Indian Ocean shells disappeared in one of our many moves. So thanks for the memories.


  7. Anthony says:

    Well done, flowed well.


  8. nrhatch says:

    Well done, Col. A perfect prompt for you and a prompt poem from you ~ offering up a few seasick smiles.


  9. I wish I could find such an abundance of shells, Col. Mine are always pretty bland.


  10. Colline says:

    I love your seashell collection – and I don’t need to know the names of them either to enjoy looking at them 🙂


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  12. Lovely! Natural history of shells in poetry. Did I say lovely 🙂


  13. chattinatti says:

    I Love it!! Very witty and I love your rhythm and word play. I literally L.O.L. Well done! 🙂


  14. CC Champagne says:

    This is great, especially the fact that you actually seem to know what you’re talking about! Wonderfully written, impressive!


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