by Colleen Driscoll
In the night symphony, frog sits on a rotted log
beneath moss-draped branches
while curling mist
moves over the earthy scented swamp.
Watching the conductor, he waits for his entrance.
Breathing stagnant air, he begins
his soft croak ostinato,
continuing a deep bellowing hum
until the maestro waves the baton faster,
and the frog moves to a falsetto in a high-pitched theme.
Newts, slugs, and beavers pause in admiration.
An enchanted female leaps onto a stone and waits.
The frog checks the nuptial pad on his moist hand
and jumps. He begins the cadenza.
His crescendo builds to a deafening call
as maestro gestures, “Fortissimo!”
Frog holds the last note
in a booming fermata.
Fish ripple water with splashing applause.
The maestro cues the orchestra entrance.
Dragonflies, snakes, and mosquitoes,
continue their cacophonic symphony
as frog takes a bow
and hops away.
Colleen Driscoll is a writer from the U.S. and has written poetry, adult novels and children's books.
Pieces Inspired by this Image
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