The crab (a poem of questionable merit)

I’ve molted again
split open and squeezed out
from a life too small
the new carapace hardens
thicker and tougher than before
claws larger, grip stronger
more of a mouthful, not such easy prey
maybe I’ll be bolder
just hope I’ll be lucky enough to live
to molt another day

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4 responses to “The crab (a poem of questionable merit)

  1. 5kidswdisabilities

    This poem is so insightful. None of that caterpillar to beautiful butterfly scenario which is so false. This one is honest.

    Lindsey Petersen
    http://5kidswdisabilities.wordpress.com

    • Jennifer Barricklow

      Thank you for your comment! I was feeling crabby the day I wrote it, and the day before I had cleaned the crayfish tank: a very crustaceous synchronicity, and one I could not pass up.

  2. Ok, when you can relate to crabs, check out the Morrigan – ever an inspiration for living to another day and the power of crabbiness.

    • Jennifer Barricklow

      Thank you for reading this post and for commenting. I never thought of crabs as relating to the Morrigan, but it’s a pretty natural and obvious connection once it’s been pointed out. Thanks for doing so!

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