POETRY

Snail

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Yes, curious,
that calciferous
coiled carapace,
the ocular stalks,
the silvery sludge
viscous enough
to cross a knife.
Besides the virtue
of contractility,
it teaches a snaily
sort of humility,
the kind that sees
no sin in sloth,
takes the world
slowly, dallies
on a twig here
and a leaf there
on its daily round,
is wholly content
with its lowly life.

Nausheen Eusuf is a PhD student in English at Boston University. She holds an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Agenda, Southwest Review, Mezzo Cammin, Louisville Review, and other journals. Her chapbook What Remains was published by Longleaf Press at Methodist University.

Yes, curious,
that calciferous
coiled carapace,
the ocular stalks,