Hermetic in a private cask,
a mollusk lives inside a mask
that seals him in and makes him grim
and sinks him when he wants to swim.
It's true he may be out of touch,
but nothing seems to hurt him much--
shucked and sucked and swallowed whole,
he esteems his vast collective soul
even when his cousins
are eaten by the dozens.
Terese Coe's poems and translations have appeared in Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, Smartish Pace, Tar River Poetry, Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, and New American Writing, in the US, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review and Agenda in the UK, among other eminent journals and anthologies internationally. One of her poems was selected to be heli-dropped across London as part of the 2012 Olympics' Rain of Poems. She also writes drama.