Love darts

snail shore
St Tropez, John Lyons (50 x 40 cm, oil and snail shells on canvas panel)

Love darts

Land snails
possess
a single strong
muscular foot
and use mucus
to enable them
to crawl over
rough surfaces
and to keep
their soft bodies
from drying out

Like other molluscs,
snails have a mantle
and one or two pairs
of tentacles
on their head

Internally
they possess
a radula
and a primitive brain

In the course
of their foreplay
one snail shoots
a love dart
into its partner

John Lyons