Writing Prompt 19

Welcome to the nineteenth day of our 30/30!

I’m pretty sure that just showing up today counts as winning National Poetry Month. I think that’s a reasonable assumption, don’t you? You devoted writer, you.

Your prompt today is:


The night’s quietest sound



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  1. Already There

    The night’s quietest sound is the frog’s
    first tentative trill: peepers in the heavy
    mat of last year’s marsh, the tree frogs
    high up in the canopy, the bull frog trying
    to find voice after winter’s hibernation.

    When winds blow just warm enough to
    burst the Dutchman’s Britches into bloom
    with the Jack-in-the-Pulpits and the deep
    maroon trilliums, begin your task of
    listening to what is already there.

    In absolute stillness, walk the ditches
    to the low water. See where the
    dampness runs to a trickle, follow the
    track to the pond. Find where the
    irrigation trail cuts the pasture and

    then hold your breath. Hunker down
    so that your body stops its motion.
    Listen with your most primitive being,
    There’s melodies on the wind for the
    snagging: to hear them, be the frog.


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