What a Snail Knows – and What it Doesn’t!

Last week the Poetry Friday crew were sharing What the _______ Knows poems, thanks to a Poetry Peeps challenge – but because I’ve been erratic with my Poetry Friday posts, I was behind, and missed it. I loved the prompt – and felt a double connection to it, because my next younger reader verse (releasing March 2022) is called, ‘What Snail Knows’. (Readers of ‘Too Many Friends’ might remember Lucy, a very quiet little character from that book who had a pet snail… that looks like a snail… called Snail. Well – this is Lucy’s story. And Snail’s.)

The topic of my poem is therefore pretty obvious. The outcome of my first poem (the second one here) is not! (I broke form with one line – and then the title, too – because I’m pretty sure the average snail does NOT know this! Nor do I speak from experience on the matter – since I. Could. Not.)

What a Snail Knows

What does a snail know?
Don’t be like a garden worm.
Put your foot down, then stand firm!
Snails glide – but earthworms squirm.

What does a snail know?
Wonder sets your eyes on stalks,
so take the t-i-m-e to have a gawk.
Sssslowly ssssslide. Don’t run. Or walk.

      🌱        🐌_________

What a Snail Knows – and What it Doesn’t

What does a snail know?
The freshest seedlings taste sublime,
To munch a morsel is no crime –
unless they track your trail of slime!

What does a snail not know?
When simmered with a splash of lime,
or sautéed with a sprig of thyme,
it’s said that snails taste sublime!

© Kathryn Apel 2021 – All rights reserved.

Spoiler alert: Snail does not meet with thyme or lime in my verse novel!

In other news… I was recently interviewed for the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) seasonal magazine, ‘Ruth’. The Spring edition with the three-page article about my writing journey – especially in relation to ‘The Bird in the Herd’, is out now! I wasn’t familiar with the magazine – but having seen it, I’m impressed. It has lovely, thick paperstock and feels (and sounds) quite edible. Such a great variety of articles, too. Very real! Not a gossip magazine.

AND in a lovely snail-mail day… ‘Bully on the Bus’ went to reprint again, and I am actually quite chuffed about this – because I was looking at the imprint page, and there’s a lot to like about that!

Heidi has the Poetry Friday link-up this week – so make like a snail and slide across to my juicy little universe for some tasty morsels. (Or some stalky-gawks.)


  1. Wow, Kat! This post is all kinds of celebratory! Congrats on the upcoming book, the article and the reprint. It’s raining good news down your way! I missed the Poetry Peeps challenge as well and am still fidding with it in my notebook. It’s a great prompt and your snail-inspired responses are a delight–though the second one made me want to ensure that no snail ever read it! lol

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    • Oh. Wow indeed, Molly. I’d completely forgotten that I’d written/scheduled this post – and hadn’t even realised it was Friday, until your comment popped in. Thanks for the heads-up! 😹 Hoping you get a chance to fiddle with the PoetryPeeps challenge. A lot of people posted numerous response poems – so that speaks for itself about the fun of the challenge.

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  2. LOL I love your snail poems! 🙂 Kat, you are a corker. I especially love this line “To munch a morsel is no crime –
    unless they track your trail of slime!” Congratulations on the new book, your 5th imprint, and the magazine article & beautiful photos! Yay, your news is so exciting and I’m happy for you! I’ve actually never had escargot before, but I do like lime juice.


  3. So much fun here. I love the post and the comments. Thyme and lime made me laugh…even though I’ve not ever tried snail (nor will I). I’m delighted that the new book is coming out so soon! Yippee! And, what a lovely magazine to be featured in. Your writing is growing and glowing, your work as an author is growing too. I absolutely love watching your journey from afar.

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  4. I didn’t get this — “Nor do I speak from experience on the matter – since I. Could. Not.” — until I read the second poem, and then, snort alert! Of course you couldn’t!! I can’t either. Ew.

    I do love this “Put your foot down, then stand firm!” but really, I adore the whole first poem. Perfection. Congratulations on the article — good onya!!

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  5. You have much to celebrate, Kat, with the Imprint page & the magazine article. Congratulations! I love the snail poems, have had art projects with students, observing garden snails who really do allow us to “take the t-i-m-e to have a gawk” though I know you’re writing about the snail. I first learned about escargot in French class, not my thing, but enjoyed your idea of writing “What a snail does NOT know”. That may be a challenge for everyone to respond to their previous poems! Happy Weekend!

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    • Escargot is no go as far as I’m concerned, Linda. For all their slowness, it is next to impossible to get a good group pic of four snails, I am consistently finding! Though I finally did get some lovely pics of T2 last night. (He has rarely come out of his shell when observed – but mayhaps the arrival of spring has prompted a change. Because last night he was all action!) Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. HAHAHAHA! Oh, no! The sautéing made me snort aloud! Poor snail! I really love how you stretched out the words – and mimicked those slow-stretching eyestalks. Love that this is part of a larger story! Thanks for playing.

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  7. Congratulations on your publishing successes – that many reprints is truly something to celebrate! And being able to share your newer book with a wider audience is also great news. I enjoyed your snail poems – we have lots of them in our landscape, and I always enjoy seeing the different colors and patterns on their shells.

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    • Thank-you, Elisabeth.
      I foolishly thought all Australian snails were the same. But even in the four I have, I seem to have atleast two different varieties; two minis with flatted shells, and two that seem to grow overnight, with rounded glossy shells.


  8. I am so excited for you and all your publishing news. Those snail poems nail it on the rhyme. I can’t get over the image of the great mother of all snails putting her foot down and standing firm.

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  9. Gday, Kat! I”m so late this weekend, for Good Reasons! You are having a wonderful lot of publicity lately and I am superimpressed and happy for you! You also clearly had fun with what the snail does–and doesn’t–know…I’m excited to try that flip. I love this line especially: “Wonder sets your eyes on stalks”.


  10. Congratulations, Kat, on all your publishing news. “Kathryn Apel is one of the most approachable and friendly people I’ve met.” Yes, that’s been our experience here too.

    Wow, what a beauty is your snail poem today. I looked up escargot with lime and then thyme, and recipes came up for both. I was curious if you just made it up to find the perfect rhymes! Wow, sublime, indeed.

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    • 😊 You say the loveliest things, Denise.
      And to answer your Q: I didn’t know that – but I learnt it, prior to using it. (In fact, I was going to use thyme, thinking they might eat it – and discovered they do NOT like it – but then had recipes popping up. And that led to lime, too. 🙂


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