Daybreak; the rain has stopped.
The betel palms' ample tongues, tired
of too much of what they had craved
all summer, loll down, drooling endlessly.
A hushed theater of excess attended by nothing
but birdcall. The sky is blotches of soot -
black watercolor on the morning's damp,
The garden path is full
of young snails, hundreds of them,
sauntering for shelter, past
hundreds of crushed ones.
By Eugene DattaQLRS Vol. 1 No. 4 Jul 2002