Frog

It died in a shoe box next to the microwave. The sun struck the window and the heat magnified as it spread across the plastic coated countertop.
Its little legs squirmed as the sun burnt into the cardboard box. Kicking with its frail clawed feet, it struggled to tear a hole in the corner. It wriggled and twisted as the heat baked its lungs and roasted the fluid from its skin.
The body was hard and wrinkled, warped into the shape of a small stone, when a freckled hand plucked it from the shoe box. Rolling it back and forth across his fingers, the boy carried the warm withered body into the bathroom. Beneath the wooden cross that hung over the toilet, he pushed the lever down and watched the swirling water flush it away.
Out the window, the sun began to slowly drift toward the horizon and sharp chirps cried out in the distance. Hearing the familiar squeaks, the boy lifted his shoe box and ran out the door into the dusk.

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26 thoughts on “Frog

  1. Thank you for your like at my blog “Needle at Sea Bottom” hirundine608.wordpress.com Taken a look, to see what’s what? Some interesting poetry. Not sure I care much for animal cruelty? They are sentient beings, even if humans generally do not recognize it. I realize it’s a poem, but still gives me chills to think about it. I am liking the story, yet not it’s content. Cheers, Jamie.

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    1. You’re welcome. Animal cruelty is awful, and that’s part of why I wrote this. When we think of animal cruelty we think of dogs and cats being abused, not necessarily frogs or fish, etc. I think I was trying to expose that there is something malicious even what we consider innocent childish curiousity. I really don’t know what I’m trying to say, I guess that this story isn’t meant to glorify mistreating animals. Anyway, thank you for your comment.

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      1. Hi poulakose,
        Nor, did I see the poem of “Frog” being one of glorification. Children can be somewhat immune to the hurt of others, human or animal. Like I said, I enjoyed the poem. As too, others here. I like the artwork that comes with each.
        Cheers, Jamie.

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  2. Powerful flash fiction. Even if it is not fiction and is personal I think many many people would identify as, so often, very young children do not have any real idea of life and death. I once wanted to see if my hamster could swim and drown him accidentally and remembered mom saying that all creatures go to heaven and since heaven is an awesome place it is better than here and I didn’t know enough to feel bad for that. The wooden cross over the toilet is also a very powerful symbol. I would say this could also be a metaphor for the way people treat each other in the name of religion…when religion really has no more to do with the actions of humanity than … a wooden cross hanging over a toilet????

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. It was so insightful, I really enjoyed reading your perspective. It’s nice to see my writing through a different set of eyes. What you said about the cross is so interesting because I felt like I needed it to mean something, but I wasn’t sure what. So thank you!

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  3. Amphibians need love too! This made me cringe, but enough conversations with coworkers have told me this happens more often than you’d like to admit. I clearly remember reading in a picture book that humans are the most dangerous animals on earth. I said this aloud in my second grade class, and tried to explain why this was so. I talked about shooting tigers and polar bears though. Not the torture of frogs.

    You have provoked, and done well.

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    1. Thank you for commenting! My brother owns several frogs and toads and it always seems strange to me how much he cares about them. Two of his toads died this week so that was sort of the inspiration for this piece.

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    1. I finally had a chance to take a look and I thought the poems there were very nice. They were written really beautifully, thank you for sharing the link.

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      1. his work is so completely full of images … strung together one after another … swirling about full of energy and your work is so image packed … i thought you’d enjoy and i’m glad you did … take care … ks

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      2. funny … i felt like i needed a change so i pretty much threw it all away, pulled two years worth of work off … don’t k know what i’ll do yet … the current post is a ‘farewell’ . i’d like to continue following you ….why do i have such a hard time with the title of your blog or have you pulled out too ? ks

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      3. Good luck with whatever it is you choose to do. I’ve taken down some posts I didn’t feel comfortable with, but I’m still writing. My semester started a few days ago, so I won’t be able to write as much as I was before.

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      4. i get so embarrassed i cringe … it feels like i’m revealing some trite, stupid side of myself for the whole world to see … sometime it feels like i’m naked … but it takes courage to just keep on going and this is all you can do. do the best you can but have the courage to be yourself … the good the bad and the ugly … i’ll probably stay … i’m getting some positive feedback … but who knows … thanks … ks

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      5. Yes, I know what you mean. So much of good writing is tapping into very personal things. It’s hard to do, but I think it can be worth it.

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