My picturesque…, by Britta Benson

Picture credit: Britta Benson. And yes, that’s the very view.

My contribution to the ‘picturesque’ prompt on Sammi Cox blog ( has to start with a picture. Trust me, it will explain a lot. I am not making this up. I am also not consuming dubious substances. The strongest thing I drink is milky tea.

So, behold. Brian, the snail. I do apologize to all the Brians out there. When my son was younger, he decided that all the snails on our living room window were called Brian. It’s a fact.

We do get quite a few snail visitors. The window sits ridiculously low and because it is often very, very wet in our part of Scotland, some of our mollusks try to glide and slither to safety.

Here’s my poem. My picturesque… in 54 words.

My picturesque

My picturesque…

found in a council estate

in the Central Belt of Scotland

on a Saturday, mid-June.

Brian, the snail, glides

on my living room window pane,

spelling mischief, trouble, poetry?

I look through the swirls of his incantation,

spot my rogue front garden marguerites…

feisty creatures, swaying in the wind.

World of wonder.

14 thoughts on “My picturesque…, by Britta Benson

    1. Brian or Betty??? Now I’ve got a problem. I googled how to tell, it’s not that simple… Oh dear. I was happy calling the wee mollusk Brian, but of course, one should never assume… You have given me a lot to ponder!!!

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    1. Now that you mention it, I can see the aquarium scene, too. Mind you, sometimes it’s so wet here, it does actually feel like living in an aquarium. No wonder the snails look for dryer places! And all our window Brians are wonderful specimens and much appreciated!!!

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    1. What nimble visitors you have! It always surprises me where snails can get to! The sky’s the limit. I have quite a few snails in the topmost branches of trees, they’re obviously enjoying the scenery…


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