Friday, June 14, 2013

The Melody of the Listeners.

Only one starts.


He seems to break the silence with his loud, inharmonious note
as if the placid stillness of the pond is the stage for his performance.

Loud, shattering the quiet.

But his baritone belch is not met by disapproval.
Instead, his manifest confidence seems to lurch other slimy waders to call out into the darkening sky
with their equally loud throat bull horns.

Within a dozen seconds, the multitude of male chorus amphibians
bounce their countless croaks about,
calling to the listening females to join them in a spring rendezvous.

The once loud croak is now masked in the song of the many.

And I think of that one:
the courage of one.

It takes one to think his voice worth hearing,

one to break the silence and stillness of a comfortable place.


While the others,
wanting to same, but silent,

where we write for just five minutes.

(Sorry that there are pictures of ducks in a story about frogs,
but I haven't gotten any frog pictures;
I suppose they've all been sleeping in consequence to their late nights).


  1. What a beautiful analogy! I really love your take on FMF! Thank you for giving me something to think about.

  2. There is nothing like that chorus of deep voiced bullfrogs that swell in the night one voice added to another. Yes, the courage of one is all it takes. This brings back memories of summer camp at the lake. Such wonderful summer moments. Thank you for listening for such wonderful truths in this natural song.

    1. Oh,yes,the fun of summer camp! :) Thanks for commenting.

  3. I stopped in because of your title and your post did not disappoint. I enjoyed the pictures and the words. I listened to you from the page. Visiting from Five Minute Friday.

  4. I can almost hear this symphony of frogs croaking and the birds singing the most beautiful songs! What a great word picture.
    Much love XX

    1. Thanks, Mia. Nothing like the sounds of nature. :)

  5. I love this analogy. You are particularly good at these.


  6. This was beautiful.

    I really adore the way you think and write.


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