Some Snail Shells

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Snail shells — some are empty 
Polished clean by ants 
And, sometimes, the ants 
haven’t yet had a chance 
To finish the job 
Sometimes they’re just getting started 
So, we set them aside
To preserve them — rarities these days 
As wolves were in these parts 
Before they disappeared 
As we will soon 
The way things are heating 
And look at you sitting there 
Paying your loans
As though that’ll help
As though that’s not stoking the engine 

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