White Frog Winter
John Davis Jr.
Some South American invasive species,
the fat ashen frogs had poisonous eyes
and hallucinogenic secretions.
Aunt Doty armed me with blue rubber gloves
and a black garbage bag that January.
They’ll kill my dog, she fretted, and she was right.
They’d already claimed the Johnsons’ cat,
and now they were suctioned to cold windows,
glaring their yellow-black stares at maybe-next victims.
I plagued them one by one with fingers
the color of freedom – detaching them nimbly
before tumbling them into suffocating dark.
Like toxic, jumpy snowballs they stretched
the sack, bulging it obscenely until
it warped and wriggled no more – a still stench.
Twenty dollars and one saved yard mutt later,
I buried the bag in a nearby grove,
forgetting the strangled croaks of a menacing throng.
About the author:
John Davis Jr. is the author of Middle Class American Proverb, available from Negative Capability Press and at fine book retailers everywhere. He has an MFA from University of Tampa, and teaches creative writing at the Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland, Florida.