Devoir Molluscule

2Make round, distinct and hard
3These verities that hammer and intrude
4Upon the careless fringes of the soul.
5O leave not these sharp grains
6Without their shell of luster and allure.


1] Devoir Molluscule: the duty of a mollusc (oyster). Back to Line
Publication Notes: 
F.R. Scott, F.R. Scott: Selected Poems (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1966): 157.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire / Sharine Leung
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