The Frog King

The Frog King

Her promise means nothing

a child crying for a lost

plaything crying

as children do coming face to

face with the world.

She would have promised anything.

An older girl

a young woman, though

the golden ball alone

a plaything

makes unlikely that possibility

might have laughed

abandoned the ball walked away

intact.

A promise is

a promise Father commands.

So he ate from her plate

drank from her cup slept

that’s what he called it

in her bed.

Now everyone says the naked

man in her bedroom is

a king, even though

the girl

the child insists he is just a frog.

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2 Responses to “The Frog King”


  1. 1 redplace January 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Very well written! I enjoyed reading this. I like its uniqueness and style and how it seems to teach us something. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. 2 Rick Daddario August 28, 2012 at 1:57 am

    aloha Barbara – it is the last line(s) that i like a lot, altho i need the preceding lines to set it up of course and i may be taking it slightly out of context.

    for what ever reason i like seeing through what ever has “become” to what always was. that is what the last line says to me – it is that place that always is, that we are all frogs and children. that to me is a good place to be. i like being in that place.

    i’m not sure if you will remember me. i remember you from WSU days. I know you are not adding a lot to your blog now. that’s cool. sometimes that happens to me too. still – i like that you keep at your art. which is the same thing i’ve attempted to do in my way too.

    aloha. from studio days in the WSU Art Department – Rick


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