Leap Frog


Charles Frederickson


Aquatic larval stage squiggly tadpole
	Swimming its way to maturity
		Secreted inky tail gills disappearing
			Moments never stop opening out
				(   (   (   (   )
	Floating pod scooped out trunk
		Uneven keel lapping shallows
			Timing outreach between rip tides
				Toadstool dangling from tapered bow
				)   )   )   )   (
		Perplexing polliwog rear end stem
			Detached green hull rudder free
				Exposed slender ribs lying outstretched
					Swept wherever by wanderlust drift
				(   (   (   (   )
	Baring all discarded foreskin filtering
		Anguish soul wrapped in cloud
			Warm flesh star-eaten quilted blanket
				Taking cover in newfound body
				)   )   )   )   (
Heaven reaches down sampling horizon
	Ethereal vanishing point never converges
		Amphibious landing terrestrial breeding ground
			Prince Charming quicksand castle erections



(2007)






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