A creature that hides and “withdraws into its shell,” is preparing a “way out.” This is true of the entire scale of metaphors, from the resurrection of a man in his grave, to the sudden outburst of one who has long been silent. If we remain at the heart of the image under consideration, we have the impression that, by staying in the motionlessness of its shell, the creature is preparing temporal explosions, not to say whirlwinds, of being.
it was quiet · but when child came out of its shell it screamed · it fell quickly silent and found itself in another shell · but it couldn’t find the language to name it. child the metallic colour of an oyster’s pearl · silver and purple · in this child mother and father found a mirror · they gave it a name but it couldn’t understand it. into its wordless shell it crawled.
There are innumerable hiding places and only one salvation, but the possibilities of salvation are as numerous as the hiding places.
sanctuary · salvation · child waits until they grow too large for their tiny shell.
I shall throw away this thing that I have found as one throws away a cigarette stub. This sea shell has served me, suggesting by turns what I am, what I know, and what I do not know …
emerging once more into the world · with uncertainty · but the awareness of one’s hands and fingers · feet and toes · to stare into a mirror knowing it isn’t a strange staring back at you. a mirror · the colour of the inside of the shell · what remains of the shell-world’s comfort.
tied around a
large white shell
something like a slug
moves along the
pink and blue
shards of crab shell
is being picked
at by thin winter
a child sits with
some line and a
red and white
adult combing the beaches under a purple hued sky · into the night shedding the shell-like safety of the day · adult finds treasure · tiny shells and sea glass. late evenings spent in dwellings close to the fire’s hearth to keep warm · a shell that doesn’t move. safety not in number but in structure. structured days begin to spiral and calcify · adult’s skin grows callous · grows thick. weathered hands make delicate tasks difficult. adult begins to harden. chrysalis or petrification. evolution or return to the earth · return to the water.