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Snail, Stretch of Time

James E. Tate 

The little man answered the doorbell,
But saw no one there. 
Seeing a snail on his porch, 
He pitched it in the air.

Three weeks later he answered the bell,
And heard a wee wee shout.
The snail was back on his porch,
Saying, “What was that all about?”

Copyright © James Tate | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 8/18/2017 1:26:00 PM

    LOL This is a funny little story. I have to get snails off my outdoor cat Mandy's food bowls. They are annoying! :)
  1. Date: 8/18/2017 1:10:00 PM

    ha ha ha that is very amusing James - I need to do that to the ones in my garden lol:-) hugs jan xx