Last month, in honor of National Poetry Month, my friend Bridget Magee over at Wee Words for Wee Ones wrote a poem a day using photos as her inspiration. Now Bridget has inspired me to use a photo as the inspiration for my poem today.
(that's a lot of inspiration :-)
We've been waiting all spring for the frogs to emerge from hibernation at the pond, and a little over a week ago, I heard this fellow. It took me a while to find him though. Can you find him too?
I believe this is a pond frog, a species that is common here in Switzerland. Inspired by the frog and a new poetic form I discovered in last week's poetry Friday, my poem this week is a tricube, a mathematical poetic form introduced by Phillip Larrea. The rules are simple:
Each line contains three syllables.Each stanza contains three lines.Each poem contains three stanzas.
The frogs haven't wasted any time since emerging from hibernation. Those tiny black dots with tails in the next photo are tadpoles! I haven't seen tadpoles since I was a kid, so I am endlessly delighted by them.
Unfortunately for the tadpoles, this guy is as excited as I am to see them.
This is a pond salamander, and he's the reason most of these little guys won't reach adulthood. Apparently these salamanders live part of the year in the water, going there to breed and to do their part to keep the frog population under control. The rest of the year they are land based and hang out in rocky areas (there is a large rock pile near the pond that I'm guessing is this guy's home when the pond is not full of tadpoles and pollywogs).
It's been fun learning more about this ecosystem. One of the most surprising things I've learned this week is the fact that, while I'm fine looking at salamanders and frogs in nature, seeing photos of amphibians on the computer creeps me out. Who knew? So now that I've learned about these guys and their part in this local ecosystem, I'll stick to watching them in the pond as I eagerly await the metamorphosis of the tadpoles into pollywogs!
Today Bridget is the host of the Poetry Friday roundup. Hop over ;-) to Wee Words for Wee Ones to find links to all the other poets who are participating this week.