An Intimate Look at a Slug*

May 22, 2012

Carole MacRury ~ An Intimate Look at a Slug

2012 Walk Award
By Carole MacRury

An Intimate Look at a Slug

Poor slug—
like you, we secrete
but prefer to keep our moistness
hidden from the public eye;
we perspire,
slow our flow with astringents,
deodorize; stay dry.
A repugnant moist muscle,
we watch your naked gloss
pull like molasses
across the paths we walk;
your horns palpate
and you reach — retract — reach
towards a glutinous future.
With a moue of disgust,
we watch you smear
through the dust of the world,
an unshelled mollusk,
unable to hide; vulnerable
to the cling of debris,
to dryness.
Poor slug
without a shell;
you not only repel,
you remind us.

*Copyright 2012 by Carole MacRury. Placard design by Egress Studio.

2 Responses to “An Intimate Look at a Slug*”

  1. snowbirdpress Says:

    Dear Carole, What a delight you are! How I will study this poem of yours …. all the places it will take me. Many thanks, Merrill

  2. Carole Says:

    Thank you dear Merrill…


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