Giant Rainforest Snail

By | 1 February 2020

Hedleyella falconeri

What formuli are whorled inside
this home you sculpt out of your self:
secretions that belie the tensile
properties of bone, in favour of
a spiralling fluidity of form –
your nautiline and perfect exoskeleton.

Slower than aquatic counterparts
propelled by tides and brine,
you ponderously inch your way
across millennia, humbly yet
with dignity, terrestrial cartographer
of ancient forest at the crater’s rim;
slow-moving in a world obsessed
with speed, you forage after rain,
a fungivore whose home base
is the forest floor – time’s denizen.

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