The snail shell glows, amber at dusk, a small helix on the hot road— was it dropped here, this inert husk, forgotten by a passing toad? Silent, unmoving, a snail shell spirals inward, outward, a gyre tracing Nature’s secrets, the Braille of tornadoes, whirlpools, desire. The helix shows what we know as the whorl spins without motion: what is above, too, is below, the vortex an innate notion. It is a spiral galaxy, a paradox of space and form, of rise and fall, a fallacy of the exception, and the norm.
Entropy nibbles at the shell like a toad fond of gastropod, but no amount of life can quell the hunger of that endless god.
Stephen Marshall. Writer, illustrator, layabout. Find him on Amazon, maybe. He has paperback and kindle books listed there. He also writes Supernatural Romance under the name S.C. Foster (because his fiancee pushed him to do so). He seems to have a knack for the Romance genre, much to his chagrin. Having pursued Children's literature he is particularly proud of his Children's novel series "Lost And Found", which begins with "Chloe Among The Clover", continues recently with "Stormy Within The Strawberry Patch" and may, in some future potentiality, culminate with "Candice Through The Picket Fence". These are novels for children (including his insistent nephew), but they are also written for adults who are children at heart. His short story collection, "The Eldritch Diaries", centers primarily upon Cosmic Horror and Body Horror, combining Lovecraft's mythos with the motifs of Sigmund Freud. His largest poetry collection, "Broken Crown Kings", contains over two hundred poems and two short novellas concerning the fleeting nature of the world and Man's place within it. Recently he has published a smaller book of poetry concerning Kentucky, Moonshine, and Ghosts called "Moonshine And Spirit Chasers". A much larger collection, entitled '"Nevermore" 99 Rhymes For $0.99' is also available. For those seeking supernatural and folklore, his collection "Weeping Cherry" is available also.
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