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Monday, December 15, 2014

An old toad poem for Open Link Monday

I wrote this poem some time ago. I don't remember when, but as today is Monday, and Marian has asked us for a poem, any poem, old or new, for Open Link Monday, I'm hoping this might inspire me to write new poems after a long dry spell.

Posted for the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.


I used to be a Toad
and I was happy
I used to be a Toad
and I was green
with great big yellow warts
on all my toadly parts
the funniest-looking toad
you’ve ever seen.

but then I hibernated
and I waited and I waited
to become a Toad again,
you see.

but waiting did no good
(hibernating, even less)
and I forgot how toadly
I had been.

I forgot my toadly parts
and only could see warts
where once there’d been
a lovely shade of green.

I used to be a poet
of nonsensical verse
but life somehow got worse
’til I lost my sense of verse,
becoming short and shrill and terse
instead of green.

by Kay L. Davies

11 comments:

georgeplaceblog said...

Here is hoping you'll be back to your green toadly looks and yellow warty self soon. This is so cute and yet it has that truth of not being what we need to be - writing. That does make one short and shrill and terse.

Powell River Books said...

We get lots of frogs at the cabin, but I haven't seen any toads. But I remember them growing up in Southern California in our garden, warts and all. - Margy

kaykuala said...

where once there’d been
a lovely shade of green

There's always the good times before. One is inclined for a revisit and see what gives.There'll be plenty waiting for the good moves. Missed you Kay!

Hank

Björn Rudberg said...

Oh I think we sometimes lack that green.. all poets have those days.. and sometimes all things come easy..

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...oh the angst... but you're back!!! Here's to an early spring for this particular toad (((((hugs))))) YAM xx

Marian said...

I love this poem, Kay. I remember it from some time earlier, and it stays top of mind when I visit here. Love, love.

Hope you are well and getting your comments! xoxxo

Kerry O'Connor said...

Hi Kay! Always a special day when you pay the toads a visit.

grapeling said...

as a once and future toad, Kay, I am always glad to see you hop into the pond ~

Kim Nelson said...

We often fail to appreciate what we are/have until we no longer...
The good thing is, we are our own most powerful advocate, so that used to be need not be, need not matter.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Sometimes its hard to see 'green' for all the warts. Going through a bit of a dry spell myself at the moment.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I so love my toads! Great work, Kay!