Did you know snail shells are logarithmic? picture this: a line

by | Dec 15, 2023 | Poetry

A spider hanging out on a web between beach rocks over a snail shell.


that doesn’t end. If snails didn’t stop growing, the spirals on their shells would
____________align with the cartilage of galaxies. picture this:
a spiraled home.
____________four thousand steps for one footprint.
hardly a prison—laced in that snail’s flesh,
_____________________________an immortal bone
-gray hull, chainmail cave
_________to a mouthful of teeth. picture this:
the carnage
_________of any stride, careless the way bullets turn
skylights into peepholes.
___________________The way grief leads each step
towards another agony. In truth, we’re not afraid of killing
anything with too many eyes. Stay for the cycle of death,
_______________tasting the weakest flesh. picture this:
predator versus prey
_______________until something trespasses and everyone dies
at their own fingertips. Catch me
slaughtering spiders, unraveling snails from bitter webs, clawing
_____________pith from fruit. I must ask, in all my human mercy:
____________________________________how dare you rot
in your rescuer’s hands?

Photo by rjp, used and adapted under CC.

About The Author

Brandee Benson

Brandee Benson is a Chinese American poet who has lived in Austin, Texas her entire life. She has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and is an Editor in training for Polyphony Lit. In her free time, she loves to read classic novels, doodle on the margins, and appreciate the sky, whether a blinding sunset or an overcast day.