Friday, June 20, 2008


Still, the perversity of snails!
They squander labour in the leaves
And soon the thrushes find their trails
For on each lengthy inch of road
Slime follows them till death arrives.
From Speech in the Desert by Dom Moraes

Now that the rains are here, the snails are everywhere.
Yesterday I found one on the mossy ledge. How did it
climb up so high where there was no sign of food? Or
did it climb only to become food for the birds? The
sky was overcast and the afternoon was like dusk in
a hurry to be there before its time.
This morning there was no sign of the ledge snail.
Perhaps the rain lashed it away to the other side
of the wall or the road. Or perhaps it was trod on
by a foot that was trying to manoeuvre a murky, muddy,
slushy stretch of no-road. Or maybe a car crushed it
to smithereens, the shell--glasslike lying in little
bits that might catch the rays of the sun at first light.


Titania said...

I have quite a soft spot for snails espescially the ones with intricate shells when they labour along to look for my juicest strawberries or the softest lettuce leaves! We have a fairly wet winter and yesterday even a thunderstorm with afterwards a beautiful rainbow. My washing on the line got rinsed again as I was not expecting it. Have a nice day.

cindee said...

Snails are a pain. They love plants. It is hard to find one on a hot day...but after a rain they are out in full force(-:

Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Trudi,
Saw sunshine today after all that downpour. I think my plants breathed a collective sigh of relief! We don't have snails with intricate shells here, the only ones are the kinds that I've posted. Have a great weekend.

Hi Cindee,
They sure are.....I'm off to your blog now. Have a lovely weekend.

Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

This made me laugh. I love visiting blogs from around the world to see what different things grow. But there are some things that are the same too--like snails! We have very wet winters here and we have lots and lots of snails and slugs. Before, I lived in places with very co.d winters and there were not so many snails. I hate the slugs most of all--they have no shell that crunches under your feet, just soft squishy parts. --Curmudgeon

Kanak Hagjer said...

I know. Sometimes you accidentally touch one and that's creepy!

Thanks for visiting, we'll surely discuss something more pleasant