Highly commended in the grade 7/8/9 section – Clementine Harris’s “Frog Spawn”


Frog Spawn 

by Clementine Harris, from St. Michael’s Collegiate

Orbs of opaqueness, 
buoyant in silt. 
A galaxy enclosed, 
dark and light collide.
 Charcoal birds eggs, 
speckles swimming. 
A coterie of kelp. 
Ten thousand to one, 
river-time brume. 
Secluded rain ripples. 
Dappled buckets, 
too small to hold. 
Glassy reflections, 
brothers alike. 
A solitary quill, 
obsidian ink-stained. 
Creeping further outward, 
searching for the edge to drown itself. 
Suspended from the air, 
living as rain. 

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