Alaskan Wood Frog

Wood frogs (rana sylvatica) in Alaska freeze
almost entirely to survive the winter.

In the midst of a worry
The fretful little wood frog
Froze nearly solid
And remained immobile for months
Until the equinox finally arrived
And a few warm sunny days
Thawed it completely
Then having forgotten
Its former cares
It hopped smartly away
With springs in its legs
And hallelujahs in its heart


Buff Whitman-Bradley’s poetry has appeared in many print and online journals, including Atlanta Review, Bryant Literary Review, Concho River Review, Crannog, december, Front Range Review, Hawai’i Review, Pinyon, Rockhurst Review, Solstice, Third Wednesday, Watershed Review, and others. He has published several collections of poems, most recently, To Get Our Bearings in this Wheeling World. His interviews with soldiers who refused to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan became the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War. He lives in northern California with his wife Cynthia.

Leave a Reply