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The Garden Toad

I still get a start 
when I encounter one 
in the garden, as though 
a piece of earth
leaped up suddenly to life.
Then I see it, still as stone,
a pouch of puckered, 
warted skin, rough, dry, 
belly bloated, grotesque,
its liquid eyes set wide, 
its mouth pulled half way 
around its head, tight like 
a clam, yet wearing an 
oddly apologetic smile
as though it didn’t mean 
to startle me, but did.


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  1. Date: 8/30/2015 10:48:00 AM

    I can relate to this Maurice - last year I had 2 who lived in my greenhouse - when i watched the plants they would leap out - I got used to it in the end!:-) hugs Jan xx