Saturday, 4 July 2009

English Frogs

Crouched at the pond’s edge,
my younger son finds shade from the eighty-eight

degrees sun-trap and points out each
of the frog-heads poking up through the duckweed

and asks, Why do frogs stay still for so long?
On an English day like this,

It can only be because they’re philosophical,
wise or just plain can’t be bothered.

1 comment:

jem said...

This made me smile. And realise that frogs are one of those things that will never go out of fashion for children. I remember seeing tiny ones in a fountain at a country house as a child, and being so amazed that they were perfect replicas of larger frogs, only smaller.