Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Relentless Bullfrog Song



author's note:

“I have sounded the very bass-line of humility.”
         -- Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I


RELENTLESS BULLFROG SONG

Now I know why
the bullfrog immerses itself
in the cold dark water beneath the willow
all through the night:

baptisms are not done in a moment--
long solitary work is required
to raise the soul from the depths.

Such resurrections
resurrect deep feelings--

the frog feels compelled to sing

but has not yet reached
the high sweet notes...

nonetheless,
its relentless coarse croaking
tells us of the drive within all frogs
to heal and heal and heal
and heal the wound...


© 2014, Michael R. Patton
dream steps: the blog

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