Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

The Snail Market

Amedeo Dellago


In the harsh land of rims
edges and fractures

buy

one snail
softly
continuously passing
over the hidden blade

couldn't you notice
the snail's gentle smile
it's like an old man's hat
when not thinking of death

You may choose the snail
carefully
or you may pick the one above
it's the same effort
and leisure

once in a lifetime
buy
one snail
buy

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Amedeo Dellago is a mathematician and high school teacher in Deva, Romania, Eastern Europe. He is a resident of Hunedoara, Romania. He was first published in The Batyspheric Review, Fall 2005. He was also featured in Poetry Canada, Winter 2006.

© Amedeo Dellago

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