Frogs have been disappearing worldwide at alarming rates. Thanks to the 700 contestants from 33 countries who took part in the 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest. Entries came from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Zimbabwe. The youngest contestant was 5 and the oldest 91. Congratulations to the winners!
Congratulations to Michael James Faulkner, 59, of Ada, Oklahoma, Grand Prize Winner of the 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest, for his poem "Froggie Never Went a Courtin'".
Froggie Never Went a Courtin'
I live inside a small glass cage,
With plastic limbs and leaves,
There is no sun, there is no rain,
There is no cooling breeze.
I'd love to go a-courting,
But there's no one here like me.
My life began in a breeder's tank,
Never seen a real tree,
Probably wouldn't recognize one,
If it fell on top of me.
I spend my hours motionless,
Wishing I was free.
When I came here from the pet store,
There was another in poor health,
But he passed away the second day,
On an overheated shelf.
The Big Hand took his body off,
And left me by myself.
Huge faces many times my size,
Peer into my prison flask,
How nice for them; they're entertained,
But I am fading fast.
I'm just some human's knick-knack,
Inside my cage of glass.
I could have lived in a forest,
And climbed the tallest tree.
I could have had a girlfriend,
And made other frogs like me.
I could have eaten tasty bugs,
But it was not meant to be.
And on the day I breathe my last,
Inside this glassy wall,
They'll take my body out of here,
To the bathroom down the hall.
The toilet lid's my funeral bier,
And I will float in state.
The Big Hand will pull the chain,
And flush me to my fate.
"Thank you for choosing my poem from so many worthy candidates. I hope it succeeds in helping people feel what it is like to be locked in a cage and will change their attitudes toward how they treat their fellow sentient beings." -- Michael James Faulkner
Congratulations to Karna Jandzinski, Age 11, of Sandy Hook, Virginia, for her poem "Ode To The Frog". Karna is the winner of the Under 13 Category.
Ode To The Frog
by Karna Jandzinski, Age 11
One step too close to the water's edge
In dives my webbed footed friend
Glistening green little frog
May your days here never end
Adorner of the lilypad
Composer of the nightly song
A world without the fabulous frog
That would be simply wrong
The prince of the amphibians
If only a kiss would save the day
For my children's, children's, children
Please never go away
A jewel in our backyard pond
Be it tree or bull or dart
A symbol of good fortune
So close to many a heart
Numbers now so in decline
Indicators of our planet's health
It's not too late to make a change
Help save the world for the frog and maybe save yourself.
Congratulations to Crystal Song, 16, of Auburn, WA, winner of the 13-17 age group, for her poem "Hear Them Singing Sweetly".
Hear Them Singing Sweetly
Chirrup, chirrup, instead of croak, instead of creak,
They are slick, green frogs that sing so sweet.
Hiding in the grass, a frog with bright, moony eyes,
Calls out a love song to the soft dusky skies,
And suddenly it chokes and stops.
The night sickens and ills, do you hear what it hears?
Another life is extinguished,
Another world has ended,
And when your children's children can't fall asleep,
What will they hear in the night so deep?
An emptiness, both cold and bleak,
Where once a sonata pure and sweet,
Chirruped and warbled, hopped and leaped,
From the throat of a frog, innocent, meek.
"Oh! Oh my, this is exciting. I'm honored! I love frogs and I open my window every night to hear them chirp, so this is really wonderful."
-- Crystal Song
Be sure to take part in the 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest, which run from January 15th to October 15th, 2012. Get your school, team, community group, tribe, platoon, coalition, pack, or church involved. Spread the word!
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See you in early 2012 for the 4th Annual Frog Poetry Contest...