Sunday, April 18, 2010

Still running to catch up

Yesterday was supposed to be a "science" poem. I keep trying to write about snails. Here's a half-assed effort to do so. A cursory glance at Wikipedia suggests that snails don't really use a foot-mouth, but what the hell. They don't build shells out of fear, either.

there is a snail in Catalonia
that builds its own shell
from slime, salt, and fear
from naked birth it runs
in ever-tightening circles
until it can’t get out again
no more than two beady eyes
that look at what it can see
and one viscous mouth/foot
that swallows the unseen
it is bitter to eat
better to avoid

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