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A TROUBLED TOAD'S REFLECTION

I wail! -- Good God, you've made me but a toad,
Wrong size, wrong skin, wrong color, wrong abode!
I rarely jump no matter how You goad.
I'm slow and weak and fat and pigeon-toed.

But wait, here comes my lovely toady bride!
She loves me!  How I blush and try to hide!
She cherishes my smile, demure and wide,
And loves my throaty croak at eventide!

Look down upon your miracle of life,
Dear God, a toad unsung by drum and fife,
But grateful for my place, and free of strife --
(especially in the hot tub with my wife).




from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary

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