A word in your ear

snail

What’s in
       a snail ?
a name
       a shape
a notion
       of speed
an inner

       ear

cochlea
       helix
such perfect
       geometry
a plump
       tasty pod
filled with
       damp desire

an aristocrat

       among others
in its blue robe
       its horned crown
sitting upon
       a bloody throne

John Lyons