Last week a pair of oversexed tree frogs oozed
a huge jelly ball of eggs on a branch of the young pine
too tall for eventual tadpoles to find the nearby pond
I thought but the pregnant pine bends a bit each day
with the weight of its foster frogs droning
until by now it compasses a line intersecting
the circumference of the water waiting to break.
A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. He has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and in poetry. His essay “It’s Been a Long Time Coming” was featured in The New York Times “Modern Love” column in April 2016. Penha edits TheNewVerse.News, an online journal of current-events poetry. @JamesPenha