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Shell Phone

Strolling the beach one day, a magnificent shell I happened to see.
I picked it up and held it to my ear - just out of curiosity -
To see if the old wives tale was true that it could speak to me!
Behold! 'Tis true! What fantastic tales it spewed forth from the sea!

I heard waves lapping gently against a sailboat as through the sea it tore,
And the mighty roar of breakers crashing upon a distant shore!
I eavesdropped on a pod of gossiping whales cruising at their leisure,
And I could swear I heard phantom pirates arguing o'er lost treasure!

I heard the battles' roar of mighty armadas in their quest for victory,
And the screams of heroic men slipping 'neath the waves to spend eternity!
I heard the groan of majestic ships breaking apart plunging to the deep.
I even heard the final SOS of the Titanic before it took its tragic leap!

I heard the chanting of old sea dogs as they plied the bounding main,
And their pleas for God's mercy as they sailed his treacherous domain!
I heard the wind shrieking through the rigging of the dashing Cutty Sark,
As she sped through the Roaring Forties, those straits so very startk!

I was startled to hear sergeant major fish count cadence as if on parade,
And the amorous beckoning coo of a charming, yet illusive mermaid!
Could it be that these mysterious things I heard were just an aberration?
Perhaps, but what a change from my boring cell phone communication!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 10/24/2012 3:18:00 PM
    such an imagination! but ain't it grand to dream like a kid again;)

  1. Date: 10/12/2012 6:10:00 PM
    Very facinating write. So much imagery and so well put together.

  1. Date: 10/6/2012 4:57:00 AM
    If I ever received a phone call on a sea shell, it most likely would be from a bill collection agency. Good write Bob.

  1. Date: 10/5/2012 12:26:00 PM
    Hi Robert briilliant write, when I was a child I lived by the sea and often listened to the shells I found there great memories thanks my friend have a good weekend, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 9/29/2012 6:31:00 AM
    What can I say - You have a great imagination and can create a poem out of anything. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. Lucilla

  1. Date: 9/28/2012 9:27:00 PM
    BOB YOUR CREATIVE IMAGINATION IS NON-STOP .. A WELL THAT NEVER DRIES .. WE R SO BLESSED TO BE ENTERTAINED BY YOUR TREMENDOUS TALES OF FANTASTIC POETRY LUV .. WELL ANOTHER FOOTBALL sUNDAY AND SO GLD REGULAR REFS HAVE RETURNED .. FEEL BADLY FOR GREEN BAY AND BAD CALL AT END .. OH ..

  1. Date: 9/27/2012 6:41:00 PM
    this is just delightful, bob! i love all the examples you've come up with, especially the "amorous beckoning coo of a charming, yet illusive mermaid" - what a wonderful combination of words! great poem....ilene

  1. Date: 9/27/2012 6:12:00 PM
    What an excellent imagination. Do mind sharing some of that poetic style with me. I think I've gone as rusty as an old tin pail that has been left out in the creek. Actually I'm back to teaching full time and I have very little time for anything else. Face book has captured some of my attention, I must admit, but I only just joined it. i hope you and your wife are doing well. God bless you.

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 11:27:00 PM
    Oh this is so wonderful. I wanted it to go on and on. Loved every bit of it.

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:54:00 PM
    Thanks, Bob - I enjoyed that. I know I don't spend enough time reading and commenting on poems here - I am glad I found a moment to stumble upon this one - very well written, and above all, most important in my mind ... entertaining. Thanks. Joe

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:17:00 PM
    I love this! Its fun to read. Its something adults and children can enjoy and relate to. I think it also expresses the need to escape or eveyday hun drum modern existence. Great poem!

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:09:00 PM
    Bob H., I love were your imagination took us... every change is for good reason, thank you for the deep thoughts..pd

  1. Date: 9/26/2012 4:47:00 PM
    An awesome write on this poem. You made us think of all the souls lost at sea. love phyl