The Frog by Matthew James Friday



Matthew James Friday has had poems published in numerous international magazines and journals, including, recently: The Brasilia Review (Brazil), Dawntreader (UK), New Contrast (South Africa) and Poetry Salzburg (Austria). A mini-chapbook titled  All the Ways to Love was published by the Origami Poems Project (USA).


























With Venus winking

at the pastelling sun,

the mountains smudging,

trees talking in shadows,


a frog sings

down by the communal swimming pool

recently cleaned of winter’s

green scumming by a robot.


A frog sings

while children clatter in the distance,

dragging dusk down an alley.

A dog barking at the arriving


night. Still

the frog sings

the same frog

that sang for Basho

now sings for me.


The frog invisible

singing by the swimming pool.

I know what luck is.


Matthew James Friday



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