Frogs have been disappearing worldwide at alarming rates. Thanks to all this year's poets for helping to get the word out! The 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest received 1,168 entries from 45 countries: Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Malta, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, St.Lucia, Swaziland, Thailand, Netherlands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the USA. Congratulations to the winners!
"It's nice to see young people so committed and talented in spreading the word about frogs in peril!"
-- Glenn Stewart, Biologist, California
Congratulations to Kiana Shurkin, Age 22, of Columbia, Maryland, Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest, for her poem "The Cry Of The Frogs".
THE CRY OF THE FROGS
by Kiana Shurkin
The echo of a footprint
Is all that will remain:
A webbed, tiny silver glint
Among the drops of rain.
On the sad forgotten pond
There floats a lonely lily pad
If only we could wave a wand,
Return the friend it had.
Fading on the breeze
Like the tinkling of a chain,
Are the imprints of nocturnal cries-
A song they sang in vain.
When all we have are whispers
Lonely echoes in the night
We'll think what might be different
If we'd listened to their plight.
When we lay in awkward silence
Mourning absence of their song
We'll wish we hadn't left it late
To try and right the wrong.
Without their constant lullabies
To lull us into sleep,
With only nature's mournful sighs
Our company to keep,
We'll wonder why we turned deaf ear
In time of greatest need
To songs our children cannot hear
And signs we failed to heed.
But in this solemn hour
There remains a flash of hope:
A greenish blur beside the creek,
A hopeful, timid croak:
Because it isn't yet too late
To try and spread the word-
To speak for those who sing at night
And help them to be heard.
There is still time to fight for frogs,
To save their woods and streams-
Their noble cause is not as lost
As it may sometimes seem.
For if we add our voices
To their dwindling chants
The song may just grow strong enough
To give a fighting chance.
Frog art by Akif Ta Seen Reham, Age 11, Bangladesh
"I just finished reading Kiana Shurkin's poem and I was very touched. I would love to re-print the piece in our Nature Center news letter. I was introduced to your organization through this poem and a donation will be sent to you on my behalf to support your great work. I am thrilled to share your work with others in New York State. Thank you for all that you do for frogs and for nature."
-- Beverly Jones
Congratulations to Varshini Krishnakumar, Age 14, of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India for her poem "Humanity's Call".
by Varshini Krishnakumar
Among the clearest lakes and springs
That the gently falling rain brings,
Through the veils of sunlight that cast upon
These wonders of nature at the creak of dawn
And we bring about our wrath right upon these
Harmless frogs- can't you hear their pleas?
With their beautiful coats of the calming green
Bright eyed newts with flawless sheen
For the sake of humanity, can't we heed to this appeal?
Think for the sake of them, feel what they feel?
We've crashed our eco-system a long, long way,
And if this gets too far they won't live to see the day.
With all our mighty "modern ways"
We've brought about the falling of this magnificent race.
Now is the need of the hour to rise
To the aid of these frogs that have paid a heavy price,
And stand in league, all as one,
To overcome this rivalry that our greed has won
And trod along the refined way
It's time we saved the frogs today!
Frog art by Harry Anesta
Congratulations to Carrie Smith, Age 10 of Westport, USA for her poem "Save Our Frogs".
Save Our Frogs
By Carrie Smith
The frogs are dying
They are crying
For mercy and goodwill.
The people are sad
Because the environment is bad
And so the tears will spill.
Why do they cry
And say goodbye
To the life that they did love?
Sadness throughout the land
The people stand
And shout, from below and above,
ʺWe need to save them
Or else there'll be mayhem
From the core to deep, deep spaceʺ
And so they united
And made Earth a beautiful place.
Be sure to take part in the 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest, which run from February 1st to October 1st, 2015. Get your school, team, community group, tribe, platoon, coalition, pack, or church involved. Spread the word!
Frog art by Kwan Ngah Ting, Age 14, Hong Kong
Frog art by Laszlo Toth, Age 12, Hungary
See you in early 2015 for the 7th Annual SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest!