Treasure Island

Jasbir Chatterjee

(4 March 1966 / Delhi)

The Snail


Your easy laughter
Your jokes and smiles
And your jovial manner
Makes me feel so good, so comfortable…
And like a snail
I crawl
Out towards you…

But the ways of the world
And the complexities
Of the human mind
Make me feel so apprehensive, so terrified…
And like a snail
I keep
My shell handy, very close to myself….

To retreat into just in case
your soothing smile
changes into a devilish sneer
and your friendly hand
stretches itself out
to kill,
to snuff the very life out of me.

Submitted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, January 31, 2006

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