Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Prompt 2: Mollusks [are not slugs]


“It’s not as if you’re a slug,” she said.

“You’re just trying to be kind, “ I answered, sniffling a little.

“No,” she insisted. “Slugs are just slugs. Nothing else.” Reaching towards me she added, “But you, you are more than just a slug.”

“I still feel shapeless, squishy, with slimy oozy goop as my shadow. I look like a slow moving sausage,” I complained.

She laughed. “I’ve never had a conversation with a sausage or a slug.”

“You can laugh,” I pouted. “You are beauty and grace. You dance, you fly, you touch, you hold. What takes you a minute to walk, takes me an hour.”

“But how many creatures carry a shimming, spiraling, perfect home on their backs?” she asked.

“Not many,” I replied.

“See,” she said. “Slugs live under rocks, you sleep in a palace. Even I don’t sleep in a palace.”

“You should,” I said, feeling more cheerful. “You wear a beautiful, spiraling nautilus on your head.”


9 thoughts on “Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Prompt 2: Mollusks [are not slugs]

    • phylor April 15, 2014 / 8:28 am

      Thanks — the opening line about slugs popped into my head, and I played to see where that might take me. MLM’s prompts are always so thought provoking and interesting!


      • Bastet April 15, 2014 / 11:30 am

        Do so agree…and you’ve honored it with your great poem.


    • phylor April 4, 2014 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you Melanie — the sentence “It’s not as if your a slug” popped into my head when I looked at the picture.


  1. mindlovemisery April 4, 2014 / 2:09 am

    “I look like a slow-moving sausage” lol this was very entertaining


    • phylor April 4, 2014 / 9:18 pm

      As I replied to Melanie — the opening sentence set me off — and moving sausage just popped out! Glad you enjoyed it!


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