Frog on Water

in Poetry/Spotlight

I used to walk through woodland and wild garlic, 

watch leap of frog, gold-green on water.  


Touch nose to earth, to hear the inside of the forest, 

crumple leaf against a vein that carries signs 


of urban concrete. Blood and brick dust  

chip away like grinding teeth of children 


up-starting with night terrors who in daylight 

would daydream in crosshatch, shade not colour. 


The used to walk; which enters into all dreams, 

terrors of small children transferred across 


a generation,   

                     a loss of frog on water.   

‘Frog on Water’ is from Chaucer Cameron’s book Wild Whispers which was published as part of  a mixed media Wild Whispers Film Poetry Project. It was recommended for The Ted Hughes Award 2019 and has been touring the UK since it’s completion.

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