Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Toad Abode




Mama Zen challenged us to write a poem, about a home for a Toad.  I love this idea  ;D
Fairy houses, were my first thought.   When my daughter was six, we moved from Maine to Virginia, and later North Carolina.  She didn't want to leave her family-grandparents, aunts n' uncles, cousins or her fairy homes.  We had lived close to the shore and had made many tiny homes.  I told her, your cousins will check on them.  Now you can make new fairy homes, where you live and send them photos.   The first home we made attracted a toad, at first she wasn't thrilled.   I reminded her that Mr. Toad needed a home, too.   Maybe he had to move, like we did, maybe he needs a spot to rest.  

"Oh, yes, he needs his own special place, too."    We put out fresh water daily and picked moss and acorns, to add charm to his cottage-I mean Toad Abode!



Mama Zen said we were limited to 48 words.





Breeze of Honey scented blossoms required
a window to gape at
night flickers

Old Man Lichen lives nearby
his mood cascades onto
stick gate
speckled rocks like bird's eggs
on path

rain washed treats visit
 for a midnight snack
 moist moss
needed
when southern spa
sizzles


  







34 comments:

  1. A perfect home for a toad! How neat that your daughter's construction attracted a resident! That is quite magical in itself!

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    1. Thank you Peggy :D
      I thought so too~

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  2. Love the descriptions here...and I picture Old Man Lichen as quite a character!

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    1. Yes, that Old Man knows a thing or two! ;D Thank you~

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  3. I think that would make Mr. Toad as happy as a clam...er...so to speak.

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    1. Thank you Other Mary! ;D I love your happy as a clam comment, lol

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  4. All requirements for gracious living....

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  5. Wonderful! I put several toad houses out in my flower gardens, but they seem to think they can find better accommodations on their own.

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    1. Yes, they follow their food-anywhere, lol!
      Thank you~

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  6. I love the way this rolls off the tongue!

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  7. Beautiful, Ellie, and I love it that Mr Toad found a home.

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  8. What a wonderful toad home...rain washed treats visit
    for a midnight snack...love that!

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    1. Yes, rain washed bugs...lol
      I prefer the berry good ones~
      Thank you :D

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  9. rain washed treats - I love that

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    1. Hi Emma! Thank you ;D
      Yes, they are berry good~

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  10. What a quaint little abode. Love the spa near by. :)

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  11. Ella!! We ARE sisters!!! This was my exact first thought...the fairy-homes...we build them, too!! I love how you set the scene outside your Toad-Abode...very important...I love the first necessity, "Breeze of Honey scented blossoms required." Yes!! ♥

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    1. Hannah-I love that you know and build them too! Thank you sis ;D Nothing like the comforts of home, but the yard must be part of the magic <3

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  12. I love old man lichen and the stick gate - it sounds so quaint.

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  13. When our southern spa sizzles, mr toad will be quite cozy. Quaint, well chosen words. Old man lichen - just fantastic

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  14. i love this one! very Wind In The Willows, to me. yay!

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  15. You have captured the luxury of nature in this one Ella....love it!

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    1. Thank you Carrie! Nature does capture a lot of my attention ;D

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