Sock Hop

12 Jun

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)


Snail Facts

For those more interested in facts than whimsy, here are a few snail facts (from and

  • 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.


Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Kids, Light, Nature


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11 responses to “Sock Hop

  1. Julie Larios

    June 13, 2014 at 12:08 am

    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.


  2. margaretsmn

    June 13, 2014 at 6:37 am

    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.


  3. jama

    June 13, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Oh, a slime fest! Cute poem and enjoyed the snaily info. 🙂


  4. Catherine Johnson

    June 13, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Gosh I’d feel guilty standing on a 25 yr old snail. Cute poem and thanks!


  5. maryleehahn

    June 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Looking sharp for the sock hop!


  6. Robyn Hood Black

    June 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

    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!


  7. Becky Shillington

    June 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    This is just adorable, Violet! I love the image of a snail sock hop, and your poem is fabulous!


  8. Monica

    June 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I like the way you found inspiration in this small moment. Very nice.


  9. Myra GB

    June 16, 2014 at 3:44 am

    This is a veritable work of art Violet – love your collage of photos with the poem. 🙂


  10. Kimberley Payne

    June 17, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Reblogged this on Science & Faith Matters and commented:
    Fantastic post by Violet Nesdoly on snails!


  11. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    June 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Sounds like my kind of party! I’m traveling this month and am only getting to the PF links today– glad to find this waiting for me, Violet.



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