Sally Clark poetry: Spring Lovers


Can you hear me, my large-eyed lover,
and the song that I sing in the spring,

see my love-bulging eyes, hear my swollen-throat
song from my long-leaping lungs and my

silly-lipped grins as I stutter amour in chatters
and creaks, my mate, my rib-it, rib-it? Come

lay in my web-sticky arms and we’ll
celebrate for one glorious week with

mosquito pâté and dragonfly wine,
we’ll roar in the rushes, our love

camouflaged in water-white lilies.



Author’s Notes – I wrote this tongue-in-cheek poem to enter in the Ohio Poetry Day Contest in 2010. Who knows what a frog is actually thinking when it is courting? Who’s to say there might not be a love-struck poet among our mostly-aquatic amphibian friends?

It won First Place and was published in their annual chapbook, Best of 2010: 73rd Annual Ohio Poetry Day Contest Awards.

Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Sally Clark and her husband, Mike, owned the Auslander Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, from 1985 to 2001. Since retirement, Sally has been writing poems like clear pools, the kind where you can see all the way to the mossy rocks on the bottom. She writes about simple things like laundry and yellow highlighters, huge things like the trials of Job and the sins of Abraham, funny things like ice cream and penguins and Halloween, and scary things like heaven and hell and the color of dirt. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published in books, anthologies, magazines, gift books, and online. In 2017, her poem, "Los Compadres," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sally's first publication for children is "Where's My Hug?" a lift-the-flap board book published by WorthyKids/Ideals. Buy it for a child you love.
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