Friday, May 31, 2019

OH SNAIL

     O snail 
     Climb Mount Fuji 
     But slowly, slowly! 
     -Issa (trans. R.H. Blyth)

Slow and steady
wins the race, I guess
but what if the
race isn't real? No slope
no sky, it's all
a shell we live inside—
as a dreamer
whose vulnerable
mind secretes, in defense,
a fortifying dream.
Is it still possible
to fail such a climb? And how
could you know?
Oh snail—
what the hell?

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