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Have you ever seen a snail going for a walk | 20-Jul-07

A line remembered from a poem learnt as a child:

"Have you ever seen a snail going for a walk"

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This sounds like the poem quoted in a blog, 'Days of my Life' by Kayfreesia. She does not know the author.

The Snail

All along the garden wall,
Silvery and bright,
There`s a line where a snail
took a walk last night.
He came from the rockery for
something to eat,
And those would be his footsteps
if he had feet.
Have you ever seen a snail,
Going for a walk
With his house on his back
and his eyes on stalks?
Well, when he has finished he
rolls them in his head
And goes inside his tiny
house,and tucks himself
in bed.

Roderick Macleod

Similar to one learned in EagleHawk, Adaminaby Dam primary school 1957 - 1958.

The Snail

All along the garden wall,
Silvery and bright ,
There's a trail where a snail took a walk last night
He came from the rockery for some thing to eat,
And those would be his foot marks if a snail had feet.
Have you ever seen a snail,
Going for a walk
With his house on his back
and his eyes on stalks?



sorry cannot remember the rest
Peter Schilf

My grandfather recently departed always claimed he wrote this poem when he was approx 6-7 years old, it was entered into a competion and published in a poetry collection for school children in approx 1932-33. He recited it all his life. His name was Albert William Wakefield (3/10/1926-30/01/2000). This competion was held in Devon
Donna Eate

have you ever seen a snail going for a walk
with his house on his back
and his eyes on stalks
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and goes inside his tiny house
and tucks himself in bed.

this is all i remember of the poem from my childhood at Brotherton Primary School West Yorkshire about 1947-1950.


dennis toft

my wife and I wanted to make sure that we were right in our remembering of this old rhyme that I new as a boy 70 years ago,
and were pleased to see it as we remember it, Thanks to Roderick Macleod.
Francis Ronald MacKay

I also learnt this poem when I was at the Wesley Junior School, in Frome Somerset.
I wasn't sure how it ended but I have never forgotten it over the past seventy years.
I am now going to teach it to my great grandson and hope that he will enjoy reciting it.
Joy Snelgrove

The Snail
All across the garden wall silvery and bright
There's a line where a snail took a walk last night
He came from the rockery for something to eat
You could have heard his footsteps if a snail had feet
Did you ever see a snail going for a walk
With his house on his back and his eyes on stalks
And when he is finished he roll's back in his head
And goes inside his tiny house and tuck's himself in bed.
Ena Byrne

All along the garden wall silvery and bright
Beryl Whatley

My mother (age 83) learnt it too. Glad to finally know the author!
Pippa Roberts

My mum used to recite this to me as a child. My memory of it goes like this:
All along the garden path, there's a trail where a snail took a walk last night
He came out from the rockery, for something nice to eat
And that would be his footsteps, if a snail had any feet
Have you ever seen a snail going for a walk
With his house upon his back and his eyes on stalks
Well..when he's finished walking, he rolls them in his head
And goes inside his tiny house and tucks himself in bed.


Val Dunleavy


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