Following His Lead – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: A Burrowing Frog courtesy of Burrowing Frogs burrow backwards into soil, this one is common in Western Australia and like the one I encountered. There are several types of Burrowing frog across Australia.

“The most beautiful people I have known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Taking His Lead

Frogs are fun to watch,
one particularly more so,
disturbed by my digging,
a burrowing frog, uncovered,
sitting quiet, covered in crumbs
of damp loam, looking at me
as if to say, Why? 

I stood still, so glad I had 
not harmed him, waiting to 
see if he was alright and
soon there was a slow, subtle 
movement, he began to disappear,
scraping and pushing backwards 
into the soil, as if not moving at 
all, taking his leave to a safer, 
quieter place.

Following his lead, I put
down my spade and retreated to 
my reading space.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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40 responses to “Following His Lead – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. That’s called as ‘ L I F E.’!
    You were Lucky to have come across !
    Very thoughtful Sharing!

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  3. Lovely meeting of the minds, by chance. Your poem told the story well.

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  4. Love this. I am sitting here contemplating the myriad of things this frog might have said, if he spoke. 😁

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  5. A wonderfully told story. Many thanks for sharing.

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  6. I’m so glad you didn’t hurt him by accident, Paul!


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  7. Love it! Nature such a good guide. Thank you frog!

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  8. Seems you and the frog have an understanding.

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  9. In the best tradition of the nineteenth-century nature poets–I love it! Those last three lines are just perfect.

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  10. Very nice
    And, what a cutie in the photo


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  12. lync56

    Beautiful – I remember this


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