10-line Poem Challenge #29: Sonnetina Quattro – Snails


10-line Poem Challenge #29: Sonnetina Quattro – Snails

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Food Generator

garden snail on a pink flower
pair of tentacles on its head
making holes ready to devour
gliding along on a thin thread
everything is within its power
now moves on to a better bed

a shiny path where it has crawled
still visible sometime later
internal organs are installed
just like a food generator


Sonnetina Quattro is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written in two stanzas, a sestet, and a quatrain.
  • Usually lambic tetrameter (8 syllables per line) or pentameter (10 syllables per line).
  • Rhyme scheme: ababab cdcd

This poem is a lambic tetrameter (8 syllables per line) as I separated the sestet from the quatrain since in this case, the quatrain is a response to the sestet



  1. I love how you glorified the snail. I like them for keeping my aquarium clean, but never enjoyed finding their sluggish cousins and their “shiny paths” under my kitchen sink! Beautiful Sonnetina Quattro!

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      • Yes, always friends. In NZ, April 25 is the day we remember all who have given their bodies in protecting our country. Next weekend we have a long weekend, Queens Birthday, on 4 June, but I don’t think we will be having a picnic as its winter and snow is falling around much of the country already. It will be all the snow bunnies having fun. Have a great week.


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