A Child's Briefcase

Contributor: Diana Chen

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Two snaps marked the first opening of the two white tabs that held the yellow, plastic briefcase closed. The next two snaps trapped its first victim: a purple-grey muscular foot that carried a round, tan shell and left a faint trail of clear slime. One became two, two became three, and soon the yellow case was saturated with snails, each handpicked from the backyard garden to the soundtrack of a gurgling fountain and high-pitched laughter. Between each new addition were a series of snaps heralding the replacement of wilting maple leaves riddled with nibbled edges and holes. Each new resident was welcomed by two more snaps. The last two snaps of the case left 87 snails in the sunshine of a summer day as a U-Haul truck rumbled noisily away. Now the child’s briefcase sits empty among growing weeds in a silent garden.

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Diana's first independent poetic endeavors began at age eleven. Posting her writing on Tumblr since 2011 Diana's internet presence has grown to include her growing literary portfolio as well as her original art on both Tumblr and DeviantART.
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