The Frog

27 06 2010

The Frog
Be kind and tender to the Frog,
And do not call him names,
As “Slimy skin,” or “Polly-wog,”
Or likewise “Ugly James,”
Or “Gap-a-grin,” or “Toad-gone-wrong,”
Or “Bill Bandy-knees”:
The Frog is justly sensitive
To epithets like these.

No animal will more repay
A treatment kind and fair;
At least so lonely people say
Who keep a frog (and, by the way,
They are extremely rare).

—Hilaire Belloc, 1870-1953, La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.


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3 responses

28 06 2010
suzannetakesyouup

Great poem and image 🙂

29 06 2010
absurdoldbird

It’s very cute and the photo is lovely and well shot.
We’ve a lot of frogs in our pond. Every spring they have a love-fest and the numbers keep on growing!

3 07 2010
thekingoftexas

What a handsome fellow—so far as frogs go, of course. I know a couple of frog stories but I’ll have to find a different venue for them.

A nice shot of a frog apparently waiting for a meal to come near—he’s poised to leap—or lick, or flick, or slurp, whichever method he uses to catch insects—he has an extensive repetoire from which to choose, and he definitely has that lean and hungry look!

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