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Frognosis

Frognosis

A Poem by barleygirl
"

is it spring yet?

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With the chilly approach of February second
fresh traces of spring are starting to beckon
Pennsylvanians seek an emerging groundhog
but here in California our harbinger’s a frog.

According to Punxsutawney folklore
a humble groundhog will reveal the score
if this curious rodent sees his shadow
six more weeks of winter are his to bestow.

West Coast seasons are delightfully temperate
we ache for springtime in surges so desperate
that silly ground-hogwash is a deceptive joke
it’s high time to await the lyrical frog croak.

When mornings finally shed the drape of frost
verdant grasses dance across fields sun-tossed
a guttural chorus triggers tranquil hypnosis
denoting swift spring as the favored frognosis.




© 2018 barleygirl



Author's Note

barleygirl
February 2nd = tradition called "Ground Hog Day" . . .

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Another gem from your brilliant, creative mind. You sure make me miss California! Except for those cursed Santa Anna's the weather is just marvelous. Also, I can't think "frogs" and "California" without recalling Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" Do any of your frogs display athletic ability?

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Months Ago

Thanks for reminding me of the "Calaveras" idea . . . I'm always looking for new angles in my plenti.. read more



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Absolutely love it! So you are back to rhyming again, well I guess you never really left it.

I posted something "new' but I'm considering taking it off.

Take care - Dave

Posted 6 Months Ago


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barleygirl

6 Months Ago

I think rhyming is my "anti-anxiety" medication! It's hard for me to resist the urge! I hope I can c.. read more
I believe you have created instant tradition here and romance on short notice is a specialty of your house.
Good on you.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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barleygirl

6 Months Ago

I'm a frog aficionado . . . I think I've written about half a dozen frog poems. I like to watch them.. read more
Wow, that last stanza! Breath-taking imagery in your words!! I never thought such a beautiful writing could emerge from but a silly groundhog tradition.. and I'm unfamiliar with the west coast tradition, even though I was born in So Cal, haven't lived there since I was like 1. I also like the line about surges so desperate! Love that!!

Posted 6 Months Ago


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barleygirl

6 Months Ago

We get about 1 month of frosty mornings here along the central coast of CA -- not much to complain a.. read more
I somehow never realized the 2nd was Groundhog Day. It's always seemed like such a silly holiday to me, like how you pointed out. This little furry critter determines whether or not winter will be longer or shorter? All in good fun. Personally, this winter has been going by super quickly. I wouldn't mind it lasting a little while longer. By the way, I love the word "ground-hogwash".

Posted 6 Months Ago


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barleygirl

6 Months Ago

Thanks for sharing your similar ruminations about this silly "holiday"!!! *smile* I agree, this wint.. read more
"When mornings finally shed the drape of frost
verdant grasses dance across fields sun-tossed
a guttural chorus triggers tranquil hypnosis
denoting swift spring as the favored frognosis."

This stanza of your poem I found to be incredibly evocative of those long awaited vernal greens, the reemergence of the sun from behind the stifling grey-white of winter, and that feeling of warmth that courses through me, washing away the dead cold --can it be May yet?:P All wishful thinking aside, the imagery you conjure in this stanza and throughout the poem is stunning. The second line in that last stanza really conveys life and movement that has been dormant for some time. Oh where are you spring . . .

The groundhog thing I found quite humorous as I was just talking about that very thing with a friend the other day. Of course it stems from cultural folklore, but I can't for the life of me figure out why it warrant's news time up here in Canada. No matter what the groundhog says, we're getting snow all the way through April. I digress. I loved the clever spin you took with the frogs in California. Sounds like a "frognosis" is in order, indeed.

This poem really lifted me out of those winter doldrums for a moment. It was light, substantial and clever. Very down to earth and practical for someone who loves gardening as you mentioned in your write up for "Flora Fertilization Frenzy". Delightful poetry:)

Hailey

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Months Ago

I always feel guilty when I complain about "frosty" temps that aren't actually down to freezing here.. read more
Margie a delightful read even though I dont understand all the jargon or terms as Im from Sydney but loved it !!!! hope your spring sprungs very soon!! :)

Posted 6 Months Ago


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barleygirl

6 Months Ago

For most of my life, I didn't understand this tradition, either! Thanks for sharing & trying to wrap.. read more
and the croaking will tell us if the shadow won't...
fun poem, Margie.
j.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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barleygirl

6 Months Ago

Thanks for your fun words & sorry about rubbing it in when many others are still deep in snow! *smil.. read more
If my memory serves me correctly, Margie, according to the film, you will be submitting this same poem every day for a week and it will automatically update itself.
Folklore and Hollywood apart, your frognosis of the pleasures of spring make me quite jealous. We will have to wait until April.......
Loved your enthusiasm, though. (((Hugs))) N.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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barleygirl

6 Months Ago

I do feel cruel, posting my springlike poems on Facebook when everyone else is posting pictures of s.. read more

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