Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mr. Toad

We are writing these today over at

The Florette consists of two or more 4-line stanzas. 
Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,a 
Meter: 8,8,8,12 
Fourth line requirement of internal (b) rhyme scheme, on syllable 8. Like the outgrowing of a small flower, the forth line of each stanza is longer, and enwraps the previous lines. Line #4 requires an internal rhyme scheme that rhymes the eighth syllable with the end of line #3, and continues to add on four more syllables than the other lines so that the fourth line ends rhyming with lines #1 and #2.

Mr. Toad

I did not see you there at first
In your language, I'm not well-versed
You blended in with the wood chips
so uncannily, my parched lips cried out in thirst

We stared each other down awhile;
In shadows, I'm quite sure you smiled
Fell away pieces of my heart
I then began to fall apart, in the erstwhile

Fear evaporated like rain
You listened closely to my pain
as I wept, needing to confide,
and lay in my bed on my side to hide in vain

Moonshine fell on the ebbing tide
You led me in hope to abide
small waves pulled away at the neap
You said the time to leap is when dissatisfied,

Who knows from where some ropes are thrown;
you helped me see beyond the stone
wall where I was squarely grannied, 
stripped of all camouflage, harried and quite alone 

Courage now springs from fertile soil
where strange mushrooms grew through turmoil
You took me from the moat beneath,
my soul to a safe castle keep, my friend loyal


  1. What a perfect florette, Kathy!

  2. We can find much comfort in nature...even through a smiling toad. Beautifully written Florette, Kathy. Thanks so much for joining in.

  3. i suppose.. if our
    ancestors come
    back now to view
    our modern ways..
    the most surprising
    part of us to them..
    will be we stand
    out from
    Nature.. Oh!
    so! different!
    than the home
    they know.. then..:)

  4. Well this is a very delightful read Kathy ~ Glad to read about your loyal friend, smiles ~

  5. You ain't afraid of no florette; super job with the form, & what you had with it; still smiling.

  6. This was wonderful to read, I think you really let that florette bloom.

  7. Perfect form in a delightful poem. I love toads. So glad you introduced us!

  8. Perfect form in a delightful poem. I love toads. So glad you introduced us!

  9. I cannot understand those who are repelled by toads... they are wonderful creatures.. You manage to capture all the toad can learn the vain humanity in your florette... brilliant work Kathy

  10. I thought this was going to be boastful, rash Mr. Toad from Wind in the Willows - but in the end it's a patient, understanding friend. An interesting use of slant rhymes for your 3rd and 4th line (internal rhyme) - very clever!

  11. I do like frogs and toads and love their mouths in a perpetual smile. Great florette and wonderful message on this. Mr. Toad is indeed a wonderful friend!

  12. Adorable picture and your lines were perfect, just perfect.

  13. Very well done! Love talking to frogs!

  14. That's quite a talented toad! Lovely and intriguing florette. Peace, Linda

  15. You took me from the moat beneath,
    my soul to a safe castle keep, my friend loyal

    Great ending Kathy! One can never thank enough what good folks can accord be it loved ones or otherwise!


  16. This was wonderfully done. I think that my understanding of the poem was greatly enhanced by the wonderful picture that you posted too!

  17. the time to leap is when dissatisfied... nice wisdom in this.. def. there's a need to act when dissatisfied
    and sometimes it just takes someone to listen and say the right words at the right time


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