Dogs 2010

FROG FOUNTAIN
(8/18/10)


a chiseled
marble column
emits a waterfall
spilling over
to a planter
of stones
below

to one
side
a sculpted
turtle
spits an
aqua stream
in accompaniment

after
the rains
of yesterday
a huge toad
rests upon
the fake shell
and considers
its possibilities

where
it has been
hiding
during the dry
summer heat
is a mystery

the glistening
body
makes a quarter
turn
in the shadows
then deanimates

I half
expect
the mouth to open
liquid shooting forth
to become one
with the hardened
display

instead
it blinks
and seems
to sigh

another
month
of summer
is too much
to bear