The Lily and the Bullfrog
Were a most unlikely
Yet they had the warmest friendship
At the creek that they both
When Lily woke each morning,
At the beginning of her
She stretched her pretty petals,
And smiled the Bullfrog's way.
"Gurgle, gurgle, sir," she said,
"R-ribbet, r-ribbet," said he,
Then they swam off together,
As happy as could
While they loved the sunshine and blue sky,
They also loved
And to duck between the raindrops
Was their very favorite
The rain drops went plop-plop,
But went KERPLUNK upon the Frog,
And SQUISH when they struck Lily.
"Giggle, giggle," laughed sweet Lily,
As she wiggled with
And, "Ho, ho," went the Bullfrog,
When the drops hit him just right.
Then when the rain was over,
They grinned to greet the
"Gurgle, gurgle!" "R-ribbet, r-ribbet!"
"Didn't we have
But one day a big storm came,
The rain fell for days
And the playmates' little stream
Became like a river then.
At first it seemed exciting,
Like a roller-coaster
And it was kind of fun
Being tossed from side to side.
But as the rain kept falling,
And the river water
The Lily and the Bullfrog.
In terror, almost froze.
They both then lost their moorings,
And tumbled in the
They held on to one another,
Attempting to be brave.
Faster, faster flowed the water,
Stronger, too, the current
The frightened Bullfrog and the Lily
Were not sure what to do.
Around the bend, unknownst to them,
Was a treacherous
And, as they swerved around the curve,
They were astounded and appalled.
"Good-bye Lily," croaked the Frog,
When he almost lost his
But holding tight with all her might,
Lily did not let him
Head over foot, and bloom over root!
The two went down the
"Gurgle! Gurgle! R-ribbet! R-ribbet!"
everything went still.
Into a churning, swirling pool
The water CRASHED
Carrying Lily and the Bullfrog
To realms they didn't know.
Poor little Lily! Poor little Frog!
Was this their
Wait - wait! Though it was faint,
There was some life in each of them.
Very soon the sun came out,
The rain was done and
And at the river's bank,
Just guess what clung
"Whew!" the Water Lily gasped,
And, "Wow!" exclaimed the
They were alive - both had survived,
Though each was
The Bullfrog tugged on Lily,
And pulled her to the
Then he took a sacred oath,
"No more water - nevermore!"
"Me, too," cried out sweet Lily,
"I've also had
That water-fall and all-in-all,
Was much too rough and tough."
"I want to put my roots
Deep down in solid ground,
now I know for me
The water's too unsound."
She gurgled her last gurgle then,
And looked up in time to
The Bullfrog make a mighty leap,
To a branch up in a tree.
So they both gave up the water,
And learned to do
And that's how LILIES OF THE VALLEY,
And TREE FROGS came
Virginia (Ginny) Ellis
Copyright 2001 ~ Revised 2007