Treasure Island

Bri Edwards

Being A Snail ....... [Snails; from the snail's 'mouth'; wisdom; a touch of humour/humor]

Please don’t confuse me with my cousin “Slug”,
and never, no never call me a bug!
I’m a SNAIL, and proud to show off my shell,
and if you don’t like it, you can go to Hell! !

Oh, forgive me for what I just “had to say”.
I may be slow, but sometimes I must have my way!

Do you ever wonder what life’s like as a snail,
when across a sidewalk slab you spy my shiny trail?
I hope you’re not one of “those” who’s in a rush,
who, under your heavy feet, my snail-friends crush.

Sure, we may be found on a garden flower or two,
but believe me, we’re just eating fungus, or drinking dew.
We may not be pretty and we may sure be slow,
but we’re steady as clockwork, as the next stanza will show.

Why, none other than the U.S. Postal Service chose the snail......
to be its mascot. I suppose you’ve heard by now......of “Snail Mail”.

(April 16,2014)

Submitted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, May 07, 2014

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i'm a retired U.S. Postal Service worker; i was a mailhandler [moved the mail, indoors], a manual clerk [sorted the mail by hand, indoors], and finally a 'window/distribution clerk' [helping post office customers from behind a counter, and doing some 'backroom' sorting and distribution of mail to carriers]. i worked about 26 years for u.s.p.s. and now have been taking retirement money for ten years; i only feel a little guilty about it.

i actually have had more 'to do' with slugs and bugs, but something made me write about snails. and some of their shells ARE pretty! bri :)

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  • Daniel Brick (7/26/2014 8:50:00 PM)

    Our snails would get along if they met because they both chide us human for as I put it in my poem A FRIENDLY GIANT... CARELESS OF HIS FOOTSTEPS.Our poems took an opposite path to the same destination: in mine only the human speaks, and in yours only the snail, but in both a degree of mutual respect is achieved. Hurray for small victories! (Report) Reply

  • John Westlake (5/16/2014 8:35:00 PM)

    I have never liked snails that much, I like slugs even less! ! At least you are able to bring a little humour to an otherwise unlovable creature. Thanks Bri (Report) Reply

  • Beach Girl (5/16/2014 3:05:00 PM)

    I've never been too fond of snails. Although like Eugene below, I actually ate one once. Wasn't too crazy about that one either. Your poem was cute and gave me a new perspective on the life of a snail.: -) (Report) Reply

  • Eugene Levich (5/15/2014 4:24:00 PM)

    Well, I just dis-forgot that I, too, worked for the USPS - during college X-mas vacations - the Night Shift at the main NYC post office! And I LIKE snails - especially as made in Burgundy - Escargots à la bourguignonne - and also Escargots à la bordelaise - Bordeaux style! You should try them! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (5/12/2014 12:46:00 AM)

    I think I am doomed to hell as I don't like snails! .... In fact it is the one creature that I detest to see and feel... Its slimy body and the trail it leaves are so repulsive.... More than ever, it destroys....eats away my orchid flowers! So yucky....! Interesting write! ! (Report) Reply

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