Jasbir Chatterjee

Gold Star - 10,033 Points (4 March 1966 / Delhi)

The Snail - Poem by Jasbir Chatterjee

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.

Comments about The Snail by Jasbir Chatterjee

  • Rajnish Manga (3/9/2015 12:11:00 PM)

    Look at the opposites of human nature occurring at the same time and within the same relationships. What an awful contrast. It reminds me of Ghalib when he says- Usi ko dekh kar jeete hain, jis zalim pe dam nikle (Isn't it an irony that we live by seeing the one for whom we are ready to sacrifice our life) . It is no doubt a wonderful piece of poetry. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (5/13/2014 1:09:00 AM)

    Nice thinking, nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • (6/23/2008 6:31:00 AM)

    so very true
    nice write
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  • (4/19/2006 2:45:00 AM)

    Owwww.....snail shoudl learn to take a risk sometime and come out of the shell...
    Nice read~
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 31, 2006

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