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Still Life of Frog and Stone by Jason Ryberg

Here’s a single petal from

someone’s prize-winning rosebushes,

floating down the gutter on a river

of rainwater from a thunderstorm

whose giant eye seems to be calmly and

curiously focused upon us for the moment,

and here’s a frog knocking on a stone

at the bottom of someone else’s

overgrown garden pond,

its ear pressed against it

as if waiting, for what, exactly?

A giant chorus of cicadas, sounding

almost like concrete saws, tries to

kick-start their machines, prematurely,

but the storm shuts them down again. Hard.


Jason Ryberg is the author of thirteen books of poetry, six screenplays, a few short stories, a box full of folders,notebooks and scraps of paper that could one day be (loosely) construed as a novel, and, a couple of angry letters to various magazine and newspaper editors. He lives part-time in Salina, KS with a rooster named Little Red and a billygoat named Giuseppe and part-time somewhere in the Ozarks, near the Gasconade River, where there are also many strange and wonderful woodland critters.

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