National Poetry Day Message Poem by Jill Townsend
To the Panamanian Gold Frog
You gesture with a little wave
to see off any new arrival –
other male frogs as brave
as you, who gesture with a wave.
But now the situation’s grave:
a fungus threatens your survival.
Your gesture with a little wave
may not see off this new arrival.
© Jill Townsend
The Panamanian Gold Frog is probably extinct in the wild now – it was a unique frog that lived by torrential rivers and which signalled to its mates with waves as croaking would not be heard above the sound of the water.