Juanita Book

By Juanita Torrence-Thompson

ęCopyright by Juanita Torrence-Thompson

JUANITA TORRENCE-THOMPSON is a poet/writer/speaker whose award-winning work appears in U.S. and Canadian journals and online. See her poetry and book information at: Poetry Town. See Barbara Hantman's review of Torrence-Thompson's CELEBRATING A TAPESTRY OF LIFE (Torderwarz Publishing Company)at: The Pedestal Magazine


When I was young
I had a beauitiful
white seashell necklace
speckled in brown

shaped like
spinning tops
and delicate as china.
My mother carefully
collected those precious shells
from exotic islands
and painstakingly culled
the best and strung like shapes

and like colors together.
Too bad kids hold store-bought goods
in such high esteem, while gifts made
from the heart place a paltry second.

Today I would give a wisdom tooth
to caress and wear that seashell necklace,
but it was stolen from my jewelry box
by a nocturnal intruder.