Jabberwocky16 (jabberwocky16) wrote in vivawoodlin,

Death of a Toad

This poem, the only good thing to come out of my 20th Century American Poets class, seems to be the kind of thing that would happen at Woodlin, and the kind of thing I would put in the community. Finally, someone who sympathizes with my Dead Animal Count every day of the summer.

                  THE DEATH OF A TOAD
By Richard Wilbur

A toad the power mower caught,
Chewed and clipped of a leg, with a hobbling hop has got
To the garden verge, and sanctuaried him
Under the cineraria leaves, in the shade
Of the ashen and heartshaped leaves, in a dim,
Low, and a final glade.

The rare original heartsbleed goes,
Spends in the earthen hide, in the folds and wizenings, flows
In the gutters of the banked and staring eyes. He lies
As still as if he would return to stone,
And soundlessly attending, dies
Toward some deep monotone,

Toward misted and ebullient seas
And cooling shores, toward lost Amphibia^Rs emperies.
Day dwindles, drowning and at length is gone
In the wide and antique eyes, which still appear
To watch, across the castrate lawn,
The haggard daylight steer.
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