Ammonoidea (Fossilized Shells)


Ammonoidea  (Fossilized Shells)

I like to think
that their dendritic prints,
algal caresses beached
in bleached stone, mean
that I will know the nuzzle
of your whisked-white chin long
into the next paradigm;
though even now I’m shaped
by the whorl of your chest
where time’s sand stills
its hands
and I hear in your warmth
the sea.




A very belated offering for Mama Zen’s “Words Count” prompt on With Real Toads to write a poem on fossil in less than sixty words.  I’m sorry to have been quite absent lately, and probably will not be able to post much in the next couple of weeks, due to work and family busy-ness.    Miss you all!

PS – photo from Mama Zen–all rights reserved to her. 

PPS–I am hoping also to link to dVerse Poets OLN, hosted by the wonderful Victoria

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36 Comments on “Ammonoidea (Fossilized Shells)”

  1. hedgewitch Says:

    What an eloquent love poem, and how you make us see the organic aspect of what is grown so slowly over time into something unique, with the original ‘creature’ kept indelible. I especially love the passage beginning ‘where time’s sand stills its hands..’ euphonious alliteration and rhyme, but also a personification that pulls the whole metaphor together perfectly. You’ve got me thinking I rather prefer the fossil form of love, so long as it’s like this.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha. Thanks much. I don’t think I have the enjambment quite right, but there’s little for me to do (in life) but to accept fossil hood.

      Thanks again for all your kindness.


  2. This is just gorgeous, Karin. You are the queen of metaphor here.Thanks for showing up and I hope the family-busy-ness overtakes the work. It seems to me that you’ve had such an intense year.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks so much, Victoria. My job has in fact been very busy over the last year or so. I suppose that is good in these days of hard economic times, but it’s been a bit over the top! Thanks again for your lovely prompt. k.

  3. Steve King Says:

    I’m on board with both the comments above. Great idea and execution.
    Steve K.

  4. Love the thought of the fossil turning into a love poem.

  5. Grace Says:

    This is a beautiful gem K ~ Love this part best:

    though even now I’m shaped
    by the whorl of your chest

  6. The beachanny in me responds viscerally to this enchanting love poem – such beautiful language, no unnecessary words yet a complete poem in every way!

  7. Brendan Says:

    Such a fine bit of love on the half-shell here. I would love to think my wife’s image in my mind’s eye will survive into the next paradigm, too, though what could be more sustaining than the tide of her presence here and now. I’m lulled by the ocean presences here, magnificent.

  8. What a treat to see something fossilized be imbued with dynamism and life in so few words!

  9. scotthastiepoet Says:

    Beautiful vision here, effectively expressed with deep resonance – fresh and lovely… With Best Wishes Scott

  10. Abhra Says:

    I hear your warmth in the sea – beautiful composition Karin.

  11. Lovely imagery. Time’s sand definitely stills.

  12. C.C. Says:

    This is so captivating….it engages both the mind and the heart and paints a picture of warmth and longing. Excellent! Who knew a fossil could provide such amazing inspiration?

  13. Well..i can certainly relate to the whirl of your shell in 6’s and 9’s and all things of golden mean…and of course

    your words2!

    and the comfort of the patterns of known before..

    do bring more comfort in now..for me as patterned one2!:)

  14. Mama Zen Says:

    Sigh upon sigh . . .

  15. Rallentanda Says:

    Ha …a love song to a seashell by a marine scientist:)

  16. Polly Says:

    Love the lines: ‘I will know the nuzzle / of your whisked-white chin long / into the next paradigm’

  17. bostonpoetry Says:

    This is just gorgeous, expansive writing. It’s soothing like summer waves crashing. Your use of language is fantastic too.

    I really liked

    though even now I’m shaped
    by the whorl of your chest

    Thanks for sharing this. =)


  18. Madhura Says:

    Oh this is exquisite! Just too beautiful… ‘shaped by the whorl of your chest’.. loved this poem, I’ll be rereading it for sure…

  19. “where time’s sand stills
    its hands
    and I hear in your warmth
    the sea.”

    Just beautiful. How nice it would be to know that a remnant of who we are or who we love could last for a millennia like fossils do.

  20. margaret Says:

    I am really quite taken with the love poem.. (my horse has a few whirls that I love). Such a sexy sweet poem that embraces an “aging” ageless love… FANTASTIC.

  21. Ash Says:

    Love stays in the sands of time. Lovely work with the metaphors.

  22. Oh how I love this! The “white-whisked chin long into the next paradigm” – may it be so! And “the whorl of your chest”…just a glorious write.

  23. That’s beautiful right there. There’s a lot to love in this poem.

    And I’m sorry I’ve not been around here for a while.

  24. Truedessa Says:

    I can feel the depth of your words..lovely write..

  25. MarinaSofia Says:

    Ooh, I like where you’re going with this one – in surprising ways… time’s sands stills its hands… alliteration, sussuration, very melodious.

  26. grapeling Says:

    Worth the wait, k. Intimate as the fine curls on a shell ~

  27. brian miller Says:

    awww this is lovely…i like the curling into the chest and hearing the sea in them…a very warm write k…

  28. yelena Says:

    excellent — such poetic magic all the way through and truly a joy to recite. loved this!

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