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The Snail
by Chip Bergeron

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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It's a drag carrying your house around with you all the time.....



When I was younger, much older than I am now,

I spent most of my life trying to run away:

Running away from the reality of knowing:

Of knowing exactly who and what I was.

My insides would scream and howl from the pain,

The pain of pretending that nothing was wrong

While I felt my life shattering in pieces before me

Desperately trying to become the man I was running,

Running away from, desperately trying to avoid

Becoming the man I was pursuing so fiercely

And yet realizing that I wanted to become that man

If only, if only, I could avoid the inevitable consequences.

It didn’t work.


I still sometimes feel now as I felt then,\

A snail only halfway out of my shell,

Dragging my house along,

Retreating there at the first sign of trouble,

And slamming the door behind me.


I think though I am out and about more now than then,

Not making the progress I would like to make

But progressing nonetheless.

I don’t shut myself in my house as much

But keep moving forward in spite,

And those who trouble me sometimes find

That the snail can have a nasty temper when crossed,

And a painful, poisonous bite.


I live in hope

That someday I can ditch

The shell entirely.


Wouldn’t that be fun?


May 23, 2011

Chip Bergeron


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Reviewed by Barbara Henry 8/25/2011
Thought provoking,very touching poem;it reminds me of the fact that: Wherever I go, there I am.
Continued success~
Barbara J. Henry
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/27/2011
Nice insightful write and we all carry something with us that we'd like to shed, I think.

Reviewed by Axilea MU 7/8/2011
Love the snail imagery from beginning to end. This is provocative and rich with life's contradictions.

Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 5/26/2011
Mon cher ami, My dear friend Chip, I believe that everyone will pass this status. Some take more time than otherS. Be assured that when your time arrives, you will know it and you will feel very stong. love Emile
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/25/2011
Interesting way you present issues we all face periodically, yet finding it easier to retreat to the safety of the nest instead of galloping forward...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by jude forese 5/25/2011
not until we shed the blueprint skin can we ditch its shell ,,, not an easy feat to accomplish yet an endeavor to aspire to ...

well written, Chip ;..
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/25/2011
Wonderfully honest!
Life is an incredible journey and not merely a collection of destinations to be savored.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 5/25/2011
From the heart, Chip,
and on the journey of discovery
and self liberation;
i hear you well in this fine writing.

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/25/2011
Now who would want to cross a snail? Especially one with a poisonous bite. Bites and shells sound a lot alike. Glad you're making progress. Patrick
Reviewed by D Johnson 5/25/2011
"I live in hope That someday I can ditch The shell entirely."

don't we all my friend, don't we all. Nice write.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/25/2011
I live in hope
That someday I can ditch
The shell entirely.

Love the metaphor and the meaning behind it, Chip. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

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