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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.

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