Ode to an Abalone

Andre, the Boulevardier

lifts up his stiff Negroni,

Then makes this toast: “Pride of the Coast!

All hail the Abalone!”

A toothsome treat for gastronomes

And all their tony cronies,

When served sashimi-style its known

To banish acrimony!


Serve butter-seared and guests will cheer,

So moved they might get poemy;

All chefs must hail the holy grail

Of snails, the Abalone.


So skip the lobster and filet

For your next ceremony

Sustainable in every way’s

The tasty Abalone.



As Trevor Fay in Monterey

Down by the bay has shown me

A crowded tray’s a proud display

When crammed with Abalone.

And in a sort of snail resort,

His gastropods find homey,

Tom Ebert down in Davenport

Attends his Abalone.

A sacred bounty of the sea

Once prized by the Ohlone,

We pray you thrive eternally,

Oh noble Abalone!