'The Snails Move Out' is one of the top 15 winning poems for The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015.

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The Snails Move Out

Rain made the spiral houses
part away from each other
on gelatinous railways.
A town disbanded.
 
They migrated
across the pavement with
staircases on their backs.
 
Slugging through pools of their own body,
their Golden Ratios were crushed by feet
from above.
 
Living-rooms flooded in downpour,
a tear-drop apocalypse.
Fibonacci caved in.
 
The mangled fluid turned clay-red.
The others had to go,
before the eels they built their houses on
swam away in the flying water.
 
 

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