Saturday, April 6, 2013

F is for Frog


For the month of April I will be taking part in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I will be using two tools besides my trusty computer - my imagination and my dictionary -The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition.. I will turn to the letter of the day, flip the pages and let my fickle finger of fate find the word. Then I'll write - might be a story, might be a rant, might be a poem. Who knows! Do let me know what you think. To go to the list of other participants go here *** I'm number 1414 - that's a heck of a lot of blogs and there are many more signed up below me. If you make a comment I will do my darnedest to check out your blog and comment. Spread the love around!


Frog - n. 1. Any of numerous tailless, chiefly aquatic amphibians of the order Salientia and esp. of the aquatic ambibians of the order Salientia, and esp. of the family Ranidae, characteristically having a smooth, moist skin, webbed feet, and long hind legs adapted for leaping.

Oh you crazy companions of my childhood -
how many of you, with your leopard spots and
solemn eyes, did I entreat to join me for a day, an hour, 
even just a moment?
When I consider the possibility of a heaven you are all there,
waiting for me to apologize for my unbridled passion,
clumsy squeezing hands,
misguided attempts to own you.
You, dear frogs, taught me all I needed to know about
love and autonomy and how to straddle that 
razor blade of want with compassion.
Too late for your health, all the same, I come
truly repentant,
bending down on those same
knees to ask your blessing.

9 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Jan - What a lovely celebration of frogs. Their music is always associated (for me anyway) with summer days and nights. This is just beautiful.

Debra Mauldin said...

Good Poem! I love that you started at childhood as an explorer and grow into a repentant adult apologizing for your past.
#1382
A to Z April Blogging Challenge

Carol Kilgore said...

Nice poem. I always like frogs, too.

Carol Kilgore said...

liked ... forgot the d

Julie Flanders said...

Aww, this is such a cute poem. I admit I was afraid of frogs when I was a kid but I have no clue why, it seems so silly now.

Clarissa Draper said...

I don't care much for frogs but you made the study of frogs interesting.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I'm a frog lover since childhood. I used to chase them along the river bank. Sad thing is that many of them have disappeared with changes in the environment.

Rosalind Adam said...

A beautifully written apology to a frog. Did you ever kiss them. Their bodies are covered with a hallucinogenic substance and you may have seen the odd Prince Charming!

Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain

helen Jameson said...

The story of the Frog Prince was one of my favorite fairy tails. I love the poem. As a child I had horny toads for pets which might explain why they are an endangered species these days.