Lucky

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My class is so lucky.
This term we’re learning about lifecycles,
so my teacher brought in some tadpoles-
three big black commas
swimming around in a plastic aquarium
right beside our desks.

We named them
Freddo,
Kermit
and Spot.

Freddo was the first to grow
stumps
legs
more legs
then his tail shrunk
until his body was a fat full stop.

‘But what do we do with our frog?’
asked Mrs Chugg with a frown.
My hand shot up quicker than a speeding mosquito.
‘I’ve got a pond!’
So, she poked some holes in a butter tub
and sent Freddo home with me.
‘Lucky duck,’ said Ben.

I carried my precious passenger
down the street
around the back
then knelt beside our weedy pond
and gently tipped him in.

Freddo swam to a lily pad
half scrambled on and gazed around
at the water
reeds
insects
and grassy bank
before frog-kicking into the murky depths.

Compared to Kermit and Spot
with their four plastic walls,
I’d say he’s pretty lucky.

 

This poem also appears on the website Australian Children’s Poetry as a Poem of the Day.

41 thoughts on “Lucky

  1. Hello Kristen!
    I kind of think that you would be lucky because you got to take Freddo home, but Freddo would be luckier because like you said, he gets a whole pond and Kermit and Spot is stuck at School. I like reading long poems; they satisfy me so keep up the good work! What inspired you to write this poem? I’m guessing something that happened at School one day.

    • Hi Thisali,

      I am a teacher, and one of the classes at my school had tadpoles. When they changed into frogs I offered to take them home and put them in my pond. That gave me the idea for the poem.

      Kristin

  2. Hi Kristin
    I feel like this little frog was very lucky because he was taken home. When I was in year two my teacher brought in Earthworms, Tadpoles and stick insects. I remember when you did something good you got to choose if you wanted to hold a stick insect or an earthworm.

  3. Hello Kristin
    This is a long poem. It sounds very lucky. I had a frog it died unluckily, but it turns out it was still alive it just needed some more air in it’s container. But we let it go so that it could be free. Well I guess frogs are still lucky.
    From Lysha

    • Hi Kristin
      I really like the poem. It’s really creative and intriguing! Is it based on a true event?

      Tharusha

      • Hi Tharusha,

        Yes, it is. Mrs Chugg is my friend, and I was the lucky person who took the frogs home to my pond (although I’m not a student in her class).

        Kristin

  4. Hi
    This year when my class learnt about life cycles we kept meal worms.They went into cocoons and came out as beetles and last year we caught two tadpoles. We named them Charlie and Costa.

    • Hi Harry,

      I like to write science poems! This one is based on a year two teacher I know, Mrs Chugg, and her class. I made up some of it- I’m not really in her class. Though I did put the frog in my pond!

      Kristin

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