What the Shell

in a Peruvian Hat
imagine that
men clamber for the dream
Snout Otter Clam
well, I’ll be damn
Strawberry Top
covered in whipped cream
and when they swoon
an Incised Moon
dangles from above
but down below
their dollars show
a young pink Sparse Dove
False Cup-and-Saucer
don’t seem to bother
those whipped by
Leather Donax
put please don’t block
a Shuttlecock
Volva, hey wait,
can they say that?
her Striped Engina
in her thong Triangular
Nutmeg her given name
on the stage Tricolor
Niso discovers
money is the game

her Shoulderblade back
this slutty Sea Cat
makes Woody Canoebubble
his pants
it’s a Ghastly point Miter
with Heavy blue Bonnet
she butters the pole slider
on time and never Tuberculate
she shows her Emarginula
acting too familiar
to Lazarus
her Jewel Box
Unequal Bittersweet
she leaves the stage Atlantic
Turkey in the Wing fanatic
awaits her final dance
but it’s all over now
the shell won’t go on
put your clams in your pants

I’m making up for lost time. Here’s the prompt from NaPoWriMo Day 19:
Today I challenge you to take a look at the list of actual sea shell names below, and to use one or more of them to write a poem. You poem doesn’t have to be about sea shells at all — just inspired by one or more of the names. (I decided to use the entire list)

Peruvian Hat
Snout Otter Clam
Strawberry Top
Incised Moon
Sparse Dove
False Cup-and-Saucer
Leather Donax
Shuttlecock Volva
Striped Engina
Tricolor Niso
Triangular Nutmeg
Shoulderblade Sea Cat
Woody Canoebubble
Ghastly Miter
Heavy Bonnet
Tuberculate Emarginula
Lazarus Jewel Box
Unequal Bittersweet
Atlantic Turkey Wing

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