Tanka #13


Snail on window.
Visitor at breakfast time
slithers glass mile.
Having consumed the garden,
eye stalks extend to house plants.

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

11 thoughts on “Tanka #13”

    1. I counted an platoon of seventeen snails marching across the garden after it rained the other day, not counting the ones I trod on by mistake in the side-corridor (and I felt sorry for them, in case they’d suffered from their crushing).


  1. Eeeuuwww!!!
    I left the dog’s bowl outside the other day. When I brought it in to put his food in it, there were two slugs in there. Those with no shells – super gross!!!!
    And they are quite destructive those little fellows!!


    1. Have you ever touched a slug by mistake? Their slime won’t even wash off with soap, it’s so super-adhesive.

      When I was out walking the dog, I saw what I thought was a carrot lying in the middle of the recreation ground. Close-up, I discovered it was an 8-inch long bright orange slug. It was just so gross.

      Slugs and snails are dangerous to dogs, as they can give them lungworm, so double-disinfect your dog’s bowl. Some vets believe our canine friends only catch the virus from chewing on a slug or snail, while others think it’s possible to pick up the virus from the slime D:


    2. When I was walking my dog, I saw what I thought was a carrot lying in the middle of the recreation ground. On close inspection, I discovered it was an 8-inch bright orange slug. It was really gross.

      You have to watch dogs with slugs and snails, as they can catch lung worm from them. Some vets believe it’s only contracted by our canine friends eating the molluscs, while other vets believe the slime the creatures leave behind is just as infectious. I’d double disinfect your dog bowls if the slugs visit again.


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