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November 2011 -- Frogs

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  • When Frogs Call
    by C. B. Anderson

    There came a piercing sound one soggy spring
    that made us question what our lives were all
    about, that made us gamble everything
    we had to follow its seductive call

    to places yet unseen. Despite the rain,
    so many of us headed out on foot
    that several cars made U-turns right on Main
    Street, forced to take a detour. Let me put

    it this way: Picture Exodus, but add
    a Golden Horde plus others known on earth
    for being predisposed to roam, all mad
    for promised lands. You ponder, was it worth

    it in the end? You bet it was. Here's why:
    When I got near the clamor's teeming source
    the water of the swamp reached past the thigh,
    but it was warm -- from passion's flare, of course --

    and straight-away I waded toward the crowd.
    So children, when you wonder who your sire
    is, ask yourselves, Whose voice still rings too loud?
    and Who was first to join that noisy choir?

    C. B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. Over the past eight years hundreds of his poems have appeared in scores of print and electronic journals out of North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and India.
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