My shell lives the shores
from the world inside.
It holds the secret treasure
inside its swirly maze of wonder
whispering like a group of giggly girls.
I am the keeper of a fever
that shimmers inside of me.
A city of lights
shining like the stars.
Memories of the sea
keeping it from me.
My city of dots.
This poem was awarded First Place (Primary) for Poetry Object 2017
"This poem demonstrates a remarkable economy of language and elegance of voicing. It has a simple, lovely music suggestive of a conch shell and the sea whose memories the shell keeps. It also employs strong, simple, rich metaphors: 'Maze of wonder/ whispering like a group of giggly girls'; 'a city of lights'. It spoke several of the most alluring lines among all the poems in all categories: 'My shell lives the shores / from the world inside'; 'I am the keeper of a fever' and 'Memories of the sea/ keeping it from me'."
~ Mark Tredinnick, Judge, Poetry Object 2017
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