last light
my body echoes
with frog song

17 Responses

  1. MaryJo Says:

    Love this haiku. It does feel like that but I never ever thought of it the way you just described so beautifully.
    Thanks, Victor.

  2. Victor Says:

    Thank you MaryJo. The frogs (in my case, the tree frogs) will soon be with us again this spring! Vale, Victor

  3. Peggy Hale Bilbro Says:

    Very nice Victor. You’ve captured the entire sensation of that last moment of light!

  4. Victor Says:

    A very special sensation, indeed! Thank you Peggy.
    Vale, Victor

  5. papagreenbean Says:

    Now I want my body to echo with frog song . . . any tips? Live near a pond? Well done, Victor.

  6. Victor Says:

    Near a pond or creek, John. I'm sure you will succeed!
    Victor

  7. Alan Summers Says:

    last light
    my body echoes
    with frog song

    —VICTOR ORTIZ

    I remember when living in Queensland, Australia, that the frogs would be inside the plumbing and not just outside the 'Queenslander' house. It was a very comforting feeling. I did write a poem about them, but here's one as a tribute not only to cane toads but all toads too! :-)

    *

    the rhythm of rain
    a toad sleeps deep
    with her moon

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credit: Brass Bell: a haiku journal curated by Zee Zahava
    Moon Haiku issue: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

  8. Victor Says:

    Very nice, Alan! Thank you for sharing!
    Victor

  9. Alan Summers Says:

    Victor,

    I see you mentioned tree frogs in another comment. I still remember visiting Mission Beach rainforest, Queensland, at the dead of night, and a tree frog landed straight onto my biro ballpen that was in my shirt top pocket.

    Life in Queensland was taken up by all sorts of frogs, and of course the amazing cane toads.

    leaf wind
    just enough frogs
    to catch a pond

    after Pliny the Elder; Ryōkan; and Bashō
    Alan Summers

    Samobor Haiku Meeting 25th anniversary anthology (Croatia, 2017)

  10. Kathe L. Palka Says:

    first stars—
    along the river road
    choirs of peepers

    KLP

  11. Victor Says:

    Thank you Kathe for sharing! When they in sing in chorus, the peepers do sound numberless.
    Vale!
    Victor

  12. Seren Fargo Says:

    This is a great description of it. Nice!

  13. Victor Says:

    Thank you, Seren!
    Victor

  14. Gregory longenecker Says:

    Victor, a wonderful end of day haiku.

  15. Victor Says:

    Thanks, Greg! It is an amazing way to end a spring day, with the tree frogs singing in the creek at the back of our house. Lucky us!
    Vale,
    Victor

  16. Marion Clarke Says:

    Living by the sea in Ireland, I never hear frogs, Victor, so can only imagine the moment you describe, but it is so well depicted I can almost feel it! :-)

    marion

  17. John Potts Says:

    excellent

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