Frogs have been disappearing worldwide at alarming rates. Thanks to all this year's poets for helping to get the word out! The 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest received 1,216 entries from 43 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brasil, Canada, China, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Venezuela. Congratulations to the winners!
Congratulations to Caitlin Lambert, Age 14, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest, for her poem "Goodbye".
by Caitlin Lambert, Age 14
There once was something called a pond
Where amphibians lived that shared a bond
With humans in a secret way
Before the Machine took their homes away
Always thirsting for something greater
Never thinking of what happens later
Now the ponds are parched and dry
And skyscrapers have filled the sky
Forests and meadows no longer green
Not a single tree to break the scene
All at the hands of that human Machine
Congratulations to Madeline O'Connor, Age 13, of Westerly, Rhode Island, for her poem "Frog Memory".
by Madeline O'Connor, Age 13
Silver moonlit waters like polished slate
Her eyes are the midnight sky
An obsidian oblivion,
Her body bottle-green and tapered
She stares in timid silence
As I stare back in fascination
I from the glowing pond shore
Her from the water’s vegetation
Her eyes sparkle with a knowledge
And we gaze as if spellbound
Until she glides into the water
and I hear a lovely sound
Nature is so flawless
We simply must conserve it
For if we tear it down
I suppose we don’t deserve it
Congratulations to Diana Woodcock of Doha, Qatar, winner of the 18+ age group, for her poem "Tiny Everglades Frogs".
Tiny Everglades Frogs
by Diana Woodcock
Imagine my surprise,
coming to see alligators,
crocodiles, anhingas, wood storks,
yet being mesmerized
by tiny frogs.
Of all things! But that one
grunts, this one rings,
that one bleats, this one’s
clicking two marbles together.
When the rain stops,
I step outside --
raucous, cacophonous, glorious!
So glad I came
during the season
The Raffles Institution in Singapore had EIGHT students make it to the final round! This means their students fared eleven times better than would have been expected by chance!
Congratulations also to all these Honorable Mentions, whose excellent poems made it to the final round:
Dominique Cacanindin, Canada
Marcus Chua, Singapore
Wei Qing Neo, Singapore
Caroline Sabin, USA
Danson Kok, Singapore
Gan Yang, Singapore
Tu Xianan, Singapore
Shama D, UK
Dyna Kunce, USA
Wan Jia Cheng, Singapore
Thomas Ho, Singapore
Emily Burton, USA
Blazer C., Singapore
Catherine Valdez, USA
Chrissy Kapralos, Canada
Amy Chapman, USA
Zak Barnabei, USA
Mary Buchanan, USA
Nikki MacKenziw, USA
Olajide Salawu, Nigeria
Terence Sweeney, United Kingdom
Juliet Wilson, United Kingdom
Michael Alexander, France
Janis Clark, Scotland
Jim McNelly, USA
Verna Cole Mitchell, USA
Be sure to take part in the 2013 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest, which run from January 15th to October 15th, 2013. Get your school, team, community group, tribe, platoon, coalition, pack, or church involved. Spread the word!
Please contact us if so!
Frog Poetry Judges Kerry Kriger, Sienne Hayes, Lindsay King and Nicola Biasi.
Thanks to all the poets.
Thanks to the SAVE THE FROGS! volunteer team.
Thanks to all our supporters and members!
See you in early 2013 for the 5th Annual Frog Poetry Contest...