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13 January 2021

Posted by Antosh Wojcik

the toad & i by H L Truslove

It’s raining again.

As puddles of grime spit up into my jogging shoes,

I huddle beneath a conker tree

And hope thunder doesn’t begin to rumble.

 

 

 

Across the park, a toad sits on a lilypad

                enjoying
the shower

                                and
ribbiting.

Moist and bulbous, a pulsating mass

             
surrounded by fresh grown damp pond weeds

                                (ribbit)

A slow, clammy blink succeeds

              a flick
of bullet tongue

                to
consume some scurrying smorgasbord

                                (ribbit)

In pride, he releases

                A
resounding note of contentment

                                (ribbit)

 

 

 

The rain lets up

And I go on my way

And we’re ignorant of each other.




You can listen to the track here: https://soundcloud.com/mcw-854371942/the-toad-i-by-h-l-truslove

The Mayflower Creative Writers January Blog brief is to write a piece of environmental storytelling with use of a central image the evolves and codes the piece throughout.

H L Truslove is a writer and poet based in Southampton. Their open world adventure book, Alba, is due to release later this year. Learn about and support the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/itbboardgames/alba-an-open-world-adventure-book/pledge/new?clicked_reward=false 

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