Snail Week At The Truth Barrier: A Poem

Snails = teachers of ballet, and silent buddhas of professorial, contented devotion to self-exile from life’s jungles of adversarial competition.

Snails = celebrity worthy of celebrity. stardom worthy of stardom. prestige worthy of prestige.

Queens and kings of peace…

beings in a world not worthy of them.


–John Powell


  1. Brother Strawberry says:

    Fondly recalling hours-literally hours spent sitting meditatively protectively watching one snail or another slowly glide its way across river trails walked daily to assure their safe passage not be transgressed by other walkers, runners, bicycle tires or dogs, I Hope to believe might have earned their approval at sharing this world.

    • john powell says:

      exquisitely noble defense missions, mr. strawberry.

      thank you for your service!


    • Celia Farber says:

      Thank you John and Brother Strawberry for acknowledging Snail Week at TTB and honoring us with these great snail prayers. If you want to write even more about snails, I do find it reassuring in these nerves-on-edge times. More snails!

      I shot video of snails and took many photos, while on the island I don’t even wish to name anymore.
      In sweden. It was so painful an experience –but the snails were fantastic. And I will over time locate all the footage, photos, and memories, and post here. Snail week happens more than once a year. 🙂 Also, transtromer of course has great snail poems..will find.

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