Thomas Adams

(Sedalia, Mo.)

Shells Along the Beach


I spoke of purple mountains and of amber grain that waves.
And hark, the ring of freedom down a costly road it paves.
Then one day with my students came a pause to hear me preach.
Now they would hear the meaning of these, 'Shells Along the Beach.'

The saddest tale I promised, and to hear can change the man.
I swear I've seen some afterwards that found it hard to stand.
And if my tale will frighten you, I'm never out of reach.
As I commit your memories, these 'Shells Along the Beach.'

No favor'd winds or calming tides where sounds remain the same.
For once we knew the faces, everyone but by their name.
The bravest men that battled say the silence ought to teach.
That all that's left in quiet time are these, 'Shells Along the Beach.'

Submitted: Friday, July 26, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 29, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Thomas Adams
The Poetaster 2013

Comments about this poem (Shells Along the Beach by Thomas Adams )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. So Into Grief, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  2. What's The Use?, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. Little Taquerias, Gouda Moon
  4. She's a Taxicab, Gouda Moon
  5. Fire-Flies, Saheb Mohapatra
  6. honneur, xxx xxx
  7. Take a bit less, gajanan mishra
  8. Right To Die, Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
  9. Block them, hasmukh amathalal
  10. Milk and wine, gajanan mishra

Poem of the Day

poet William Butler Yeats

WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Anna Akhmatova

 

Member Poem

poet Sumita Datta

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Acquainted with the Night, Robert Frost
  8. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  9. A Smile To Remember, Charles Bukowski
  10. Sonnet XVII, Pablo Neruda

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]