in collection Half
a Field's Distance: New and Selected Poems,
Shoestring Press, ISBN 978 1
904886 39 6
That banded snails
should climb (if climb’s the word)
stick like humbugs to damp trunks and boughs
trees that edged the fields, we both referred
as we trudged grass paths, passed barns and cows
trailers over-stacked with bales, but talked
more about the views, work, weather, what
do when things fall short of plans you chalked
(when you used to plan) for what should not
should have happened to you by this age—
to a point, for parts that rhyme
reason play. We said how, for this stage,
counted on a summit to the climb
how each banded snail held onto bark
knew (snail savvy) it had reached its mark.
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Poem Card -
a Field's Distance"
"The Blue Box",
Affairs on the Estate"
and "A Selection"