Snail

By Ho Xuan Huong 1772–1822

Translated By Marilyn Chin Read the translator's notes

Mother and father gave birth to a snail
Night and day I crawl in smelly weeds
Dear prince, if you love me, unfasten my door
Stop, don't poke your finger up my tail!

Source: Poetry (April 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the April 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2008

Biography

Ho Xuan Huong (1772–1822) was called “the Queen of Nôm Poetry” by the late Xuan Dieu, a prominant modern Vietnamese poet.

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION Asia, East

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