Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ode to a Frog







Dear Frog,



Why jump you with such grace and height

From tables, hands and chairs?

Do you aim to bring yourself a death

More dreadful in despair

Than the poor passing of our dear

Broccoli butterfly

So beautiful, so tame and sweet

Who rarely yearned to fly?

Does your sweet moist home

So full of bugs

Not fill you with desire

To spend another day with us

And hear the wee town criers?

I must confess.

There are some days

I'd rather lounge with you

among the crickets

Plastic plants

Within safe walls to rest.

Today we took you in the yard

You jumped among the grass.

How lovely and how camouflaged

You seemed until at last

We saw that crow hovering nearby you

His eyes a sharp clear stare

And off we hustled you back in

To your new home fresh and clean.

Eat my friend now

Enjoy your home,

It can't be all that bad.

If you were to leave us by feast

or feat

We would all be slightly sad.






12 comments:

ericandles said...

So, sooooooooo awesome.

Black Jack's Carol said...

What stunning colors! The picture in the basin, with one hand up, and the back legs folded so neatly behind, left me with a new admiration for the beauty of frogs. I'm wondering where you found this one, and what Lucas's expression was telling you as it traveled up his arm. My guess is something like, "Hurry up and take the picture!" Great poem, by the way. Just a stellar post!

Cristina Herman said...

Thanks for the comment Carol. The frog was actually a fire-bellied toad. Bought at a pet store after I made a promise I hadn't researched first. ha. I'll remember to not do that again! Lucas actually LOVES all things buggy and slimy. He is a real nature lover and nothing freaks him out. I see a scientist in the future...

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