Anyone could be forgiven
the Corbett bus is inspired
by the slime trail of a delirious snail
loose on a scale model of Twin Peaks.
Hard to say for certain
what exactly the snail ingested
at the intersection of
and miniature Masonic:
probably not lettuce.
Whatever it was, it let that
tiny gastropod brain
steer a course as free as its eyestalks.
If any snail could be said to careen
it was this one.
As for the transit planners
who look to nature for inspiration?
Anticipating that inevitably buses
will sometimes crawl through the city
they sought out a master of the discipline.
Mucus meanders over the plaster landscape,
a course crossing itself ten times
faithfully reproduced on the map,
the insight of a high snail
charting Muni’s highest stop.
Its bulging eyes, on swivels,
take in every view from the crestline
before sliding back down
miniature Market Street
looking for something