when it rains

a big black snail carries its black pearl
a liquid animal ever-flowing to the lowest ground
      leaks its plumbing behind
like a puppet as the hand slides out
mumbles to itself before silence

the snail drags its oil and its engine
like a tube of icing writes letters on a birthday cake
      stretches sentences until the tube is dry and thrown away
leaving a black pearl
in the center of a soft white space