General Poetry posted November 22, 2021

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Sand Castles

by Rosemary Everson1

One warm summer day,
some children had a picnic;
they wanted to play.

They sat on the beach,
building sand castles;
wanting someone to teach.

Each swam in the water,
with their close family's
son or daughter.

The sun formed behind, 
bringing a beaming smile
to their find.

Near the shore, a child
found a seashell; he
placed it on the castle's pile.

"Is there any urgency?"
the child asked.
"We could sell for currency."

"It's more than we can take,
besides it's probably
just a fake."

"This is no fake,
seashells by the seashore
are hard to take."

Packing their belongings,
was the end of the
sand castle drawings.


Use These Words writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a poem of any length or style using these words







I perhaps should explain what I was saying when I wrote the verse about taking seashells by the seashore. It is the believeth that we should leave seashells on the seashore or risk damaging ecosystem. In a study more than 30 years in the making, researchers have found that the removal of shells from beaches could damage ecosystems and endanger organisms that rely on shells for their survival, per Internet.

Apart from the diet of the animals that eat them, seashells have been used as currency in some cultures of Africa, the Caribbean and North America. Seashells have been used as tools, as musical instruments and as religious objects, per Internet.

When I saw the words we had to use to write this poem: warm, water, sun, sand, picnic, smile; I thought, what a great way to have a picnic on a warm summer day. Before the school year ends, some have picnics as a family; on a beach, enjoying the water and sand.

Thank you for reading.
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