Saturday, January 29, 2011

Amphibians and their flighty friends

Who doesn't love bees? Hmm. Aside from my sister in law, who is massively allergic to them. And other people who are afraid of being stung. But otherwise, aren't they lovely? Etsy seller KandiceInWonderland introduced a treasury, Bee! I'm Expecting You, including the animals from this Emily Dickinson poem:



















Bee! I'm expecting you!

Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due—


The Frogs got Home last Week—
Are settled, and at work—
Birds, mostly back—
The Clover warm and thick—

You'll get my Letter by

The seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me—

Yours, Fly.
-Emily Dickinson 1830-1886

My little frog painting is among the amphibian representatives.









The Dickinson poem reminds me of the wonderful stories I recently read with Lucy: The Squirrel's Birthday and Other Parties, by Toon Tellegan. A delightful collection for adults and children, similar to Winnie the Pooh in its prosaic but poignant revelations about small things.

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