Molluscs Frolicks #poem #poetry


The constanza is a poem with a rhyming scheme of ABB, ACC, ADD etc. This poem describes a trial that sums up my world outdoors …

If at any point my life seems drab and stale
My head begins to ache, my heart to harden
I open up my backdoor and go into my garden.

My gaze casts wide and never seems to fail
To find some joy and hopefulness
Amongst the verdant fruitfulness

But then alas, I spot the glitch, the little silver trail
Whose pretty zigzag wanderings
Will start some morbid ponderings

Could it be the bugger’s back? It’s beyond the pale
When you’ve spent so long in eradication
To see that shell is pure vexation

A battle won is not the war, o stubborn little snail
Beating you is a complete lost cause
I’m giving up; I’m off indoors.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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17 Responses to Molluscs Frolicks #poem #poetry

  1. Delightful Geoff. I’m just not a poet. All the rules feel like math… You did well. Hugs.


  2. Ritu says:

    I loved it! Those pesky snails, eh!

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  3. JT Twissel says:

    I too find joy in nature. Snails, oh no. That’s always a trial.

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    • TanGental says:

      I never realised they were homing either for ages. I’d been tossing them into my neighbours garden for a while only to find out it was utterly pointless….


  4. Well done! I used to feel the same until I saw this

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I had never heard of this form. I may try it. When I was in the 8th grade, we had to write a different poem each week using a classic form. A great introduction to appreciating poetry.

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  6. Al Lane says:

    What have the snails ever done for us?…

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  7. Really enjoyed this Constanza especially “to find some joy and hopefulness amongst the verdant fruitfulness” line. Thanks for sharing! I am a Creative Life Coach with a poetry blog and today’s here is today’s in case you have time to look?

    I am also on Instagram as #coachingcreatively, let’s follow each other if you use this medium? You can also find me on Facebook under Sam Allen wearing a bright red and orange hat!

    I love connecting with fellow creatives as you can see!

    Sunny greetings from Switzerland!

    Sam 🙂

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