Why Invertebrates Don't Play

The professors gave examples
of assignments. The history
of a particular volcano, or
the translation of a poem.

One said, sometimes I ask my students
why is it that invertebrates don't play?

And then other members of the faculty
talked and talked, but I did not hear them.

I pictured
a snail trying to play,
a slug, a worm.

A snail dancing.
A slug's hopscotch chalk.

Jessy Randall

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