Herald of Spring…

The first slug of spring slithered in through the door

And left me a silvery trail on the floor,

A creature I’d normally count as a pest,

Whether inside or out, such an unwelcome guest…


But the first slug of spring means the mercury’s rising

I greet it with joy, which is hardly surprising

For after a winter of grey skies and rain

It’s good to know springtime is springing again.


I know that the message is going to cost us…

As Slug eats the hyacinths, crocus and hostas…

But heralding spring? I will never reject it

And offer my thanks… even as I eject it.


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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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25 Responses to Herald of Spring…

  1. Ritu says:

    No to the slugs… But yay to temperatures rising!!!

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  2. jenanita01 says:

    The smaller native ones are not so bad, but the foreign visitors are huge and can eat the weight of a small horse in seconds!

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  3. Mary Smith says:

    I’ve always wondered why slugs don’t like to eat weeds but always go for the plants we cultivate? Last year my hostas had more holes than leaf material. Still, I’m glad to know spring is on the way 🙂


  4. Bela Johnson says:

    Haha, cute. They carry the dreaded rat lungworm disease here. Meh. Cute poem, tho.’ ☺️💞


  5. A Wonderful poem, and a little bit funny too. Michael


  6. Eliza Waters says:

    One of my least favorite creatures, but I understand your delight. 🙂


  7. Such a kind poem for even such a nasty critter.


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