shell, part 1

I lay my head upon your chest
my dark hair
upon sea blue shirt
the rise
the fall
of your breathing
carry me from this room

I dream a white curled shell
on long and silver sands
soft waves touch and
go
circle and slide
away

round gold sun
wraps smooth curves
spiraling in to heart
spiraling out to sky	
a warm jade sea breathes
teases and holds with
open hand
the shell upon shore

I wake
to gentle rocking 
of breath of you and sea
shape of shell within my body
I taste the ocean air


shell song, part 2

wear a sea blue shirt
tell a pelican to fly
tell a shell a secret
ask a starfish why

jump from rock to sand
from sand to rock again
run the sun and wonder
where the wind has been


© 1996 Layne Russell


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