Friday, August 15, 2008

Things of Happiness: Snails

I've been wanting to post about snails for ages, but no post is coming naturally except for one akin to this one, so I might as well stop resisting and get on with it! I love snails. I don't know why, since I hate slugs--rationally I know they are too slow to attack, but still, and all they ever do is eat holes in the violets--but snails are quite lovely. They are funny little things, wearing shells like big hats or houses and sliming all over the place. I often doodle them in my notebooks. Most of the time they are professing their love to flowers in my margins.

I had a hard time finding pictures of snails that weren't slimy or icky, but instead quaint and moony and glist-er-ing as I felt they ought to be. The only thing that lived up to the tender expectations of my heart was that funny little comic, inspiring giggles but still making me feel just a little bit heart-broken.

I don't know what it is,
but I distrust myself
when I start to like a girl
a lot.

It makes me nervous.
I don't say the right things
or perhaps I start
to examine,
what I am saying.

If I say, "Do you think it's going to rain?"
and she says, "I don't know,"
I start thinking : Does she really like me?

In other words
I get a little creepy.

A friend of mine once said,
"It's twenty times better to be friends
with someone
than it is to be in love with them."

I think he's right and besides,

it's raining somewhere, programming flowers
and keeping snails happy.
That's all taken care of.


if a girl likes me a lot
and starts getting real nervous
and suddenly begins asking me funny questions
and looks sad if I give the wrong answers
and she says things like,
"Do you think it's going to rain?"
and I say, "It beats me,"
and she says, "Oh,"
and looks a little sad
at the clear blue California sky,
I think : Thank God, it's you, baby, this time
instead of me.

-It's Raining in Love, Richard Brautigan

(I also always have that one little bolded part of the poem stuck
and replaying in my head, but it felt wrong not to post the whole poem).


  1. Oooh, I love snail hair!

    Hey, I came across this photostream on flickr the other day and she clearly loves snails too and takes lovely photos of them. This one was my favorite :)

  2. No joke. I'm from Schenectady so when you were talking about the farmers market in your last post it got me wonderin. What highschool did you go to?

  3. wow, i really love that poem. thanks for sharing it!

  4. Great poem. Please show some of your own snails!!

  5. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    you are fantastic!!!

    really nice blog
    fabulous fantastic

  6. Niskayuna, graduated in '05, but I did my junior year at Albany Academt and actually almost went to Holy Names.

  7. The poem is adorable, and you've given me new ideas on what to doodle, always a plus.

  8. Snails do have a strange appeal. The comic is darling.

  9. There is a viennoiserie in the shape of a snail, with sultanas on it. And it's my favourite.

  10. the hair is beautiful.
    and i'd like to add that snails are um, delicious. not to gross anyone out, but they are.

  11. Oh how cool is this and how lovely is the poem!

    I aodre your outfit below as well! the dress is gorgeous. I hope work settles down for u soon.

  12. how incredibly lovely.
    not only the snails, also to know that I´m not the only one being whimsically moved by the weirdest little things.

  13. Such a simple, sincere peom. Lovely!

  14. i saw this necklace and though you might like it!

    The hair is lovely by the way :)

  15. no joke...this new yorker cartoon used to be taped up in my cubicle when i worked at conde nast (teen vogue and domino to be exact). it's so ridiculously cute and funny at the same time. i nearly squealed with excitement when i saw that you had posted it.

  16. i love snails too!
    i made a short film about snail ballerinas: