Once again, Tess from Willow Manor beguiles us with her picture prompt, and we swing into action!
It All Took A Long, Long Time.
There was a keen climber called Best
who scrambled up Mount Everest.
When he found lots of shells
he muttered "Hell's Bells!
There's no sea for miles, East or West."
Fossils of little sea creatures
are one of Mount Everest's features
and the White Cliffs of Dover
were once covered over
with ocean. (This limerick beats yours)(*)
Huge swathes of Yorkshire are white
'cos of shellfish that sank out of sight
at the end of their lives
and their children, and wives
to make limestone and pale Dolomite.
The Austrian Alps are the same
from under the waters they came.
While the continents rumbled
the dead shellfish tumbled -
pawns in the tectonic game
(*) Find me a better rhyme, dear Blogfriends!