A Fountain of Shell and Stone

A Fountain of Shell and Stone
Embrace creative thoughts as they come into view, organize and build then share it with us…

A Fountain of Shell and Stone


The Fountain


A broken fountain

dusty and unused for years

from a broken home.


A pump does not work

the sounds of water replaced

by a rock silence.


Everyday children

donations to an alter

leave each stone they’ve found.


Starts out with granite

shale from our loose landscaping

once collected here.


Ornamental fish

tank stones polished to a shine

mixed within each type.


There’s jagged sandstone

creates abstracted angles

tangent to the curve.


Time searching the ground

to find perfect replacement

to fountain water.

Adorn with beauty of more than just objects, incredible you.




Paper butterfly

with simple purple pattern

on delicate wing.


Rusty bottlecap

a random piece of litter

brought in from the out.


A small pewter frog

swimming in the summer air

among these hard stones.


Some volcanic rock

from craters of volcanoes

where we have stood tall.


Ceramic odd ends

painted at Birthday parties

broken through the years.


End piece collections

sawed from the base of pine trees

every December.


Various fragments

swimming in clear epoxy

taking random space.


A wooden kitten

hand carved and colored brightly

eyes closed with a smile.

A Fountain Pen
Without any fear we are playful with words this power we hold.




Two handfuls of shells

some from a spot on the beach

others from a store.


Mixed with stones are shells

made from Calcium crystal

this Mollusks Nacre.


Empty snail shell homes

intricate spiral patterns

life architecture.


Marbled Nautilus

marks from years of the water

on empty fountain.


Random collection

of items found in our sight

when we glance downward.


Brought to eye level

rusted five sided bronze star

around the fools gold.


A small dried red rose

Aloe Vera plant in light

germinated seeds.


Strong boy paper doll

placed gently by someones son

overlooks the bay.

A fountain of words
Give us a bit of your soul to place with these shells.


An Invitation to Write

A Tillandsia

Bulbosa so often called

a common skyplant.


Polished quartz crystal

as clear as still lake water

next to found Calcite.


To contrast polish

many are jagged and raw

still finding a place.


Single yellow bead

lost from a broken necklace

alone on fountain.


Without any fear

we are playful with our words

this power we hold.


Embrace creative

thoughts as they come into view

organize and build.


Then share it with us

give us a bit of your soul

to place with these shells.


Adorn with beauty

of more than just these objects

incredible you.

Jamie Lee Hamann
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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

4 thoughts on “A Fountain of Shell and Stone

  • July 6, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Lost and found items that have tender meanings – remembrances of once happy times. This work, all the Haiku verses, is heart-rending, yet lovely and nostalgic. Beautifully penned, Jamie. Well done.

  • July 7, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Thank you Phyllis. I enjoyed working on this piece. I actually have an old broken rock fountain that my and the children have been collecting our odds and ends on. Amazing how much has been collected in a year. Writing this poem was an active event I found myself pacing around the object taking notes. Jamie

  • July 8, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    I agree, all a touch of nostalgia and lovingly penned, Jamie. Great work.

    • July 8, 2019 at 1:54 PM

      These were great haikus Jamie. Very detailed descriptions. Nice work.

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