Sock Hop

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On Tuesday I took my walk after a heavy morning shower. On a section of the pathway beside the creek I saw snail after snail. There must have been 10 or more! I bet I know why they were out there.

Sock Hop poem with snail collage

 

In case you can’t read the fancy font:

Sock Hop

The downpour drumbeats on the whorls of rooftop
irresistible call to a rain dance sock hop

V. Nesdoly (all rights reserved)

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Snail Facts

For those more interested in facts than whimsy, here are a few snail facts (from Snail-world.com and About.com):

  • The trail of mucous a snail leaves behind is a lubricant to reduce friction against  the surfaces over which it travels. Snail mucous won’t make you sick.
  • A snail moves about 50 yards per hour or 1.3 cm. per second—slowly but steadily.
  • Snails can see and sense sound vibrations. Upper tentacles are the eyes, the lower ones pick up vibrations.
  • Snails are hermaphrodites, that is, they have both male and female parts. But they must mate with another snail to reproduce (lay eggs).
  • A snail’s lifespan (dependent on habitat and species) varies from 5 to even 25 years.
  • Snails are usually nocturnal and if they’re out during the day, don’t like bright sunshine (which is probably why they were out dancing on our cloudy Tuesday morning).

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This post is part of Poetry Friday, hosted this week by the effervescent Catherine at Catherine Johnson.

11 thoughts on “Sock Hop

  1. Love your couplet, Violet – and oh, my gosh, what I didn’t know about snails! A 25-year-old snail? Amazing. And half a football field in an hour – I never would have guessed they were that fast. Thanks for both poem and fascinating facts.

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  2. Your pictures and your imaginary sock hop are great. I even enjoyed the little known fats about snails. I wish it was a school day so I’d have students to share this with.

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  3. I remember watching snails for long periods as a child… I still find them a little magical, carting their lovely homes all around and leaving trails. Never would have thought of a snail sock hop – thanks for the fun imagery!

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