Froggy? [15 Words or Less Poems]

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Destruction: Captain Jack Sparrow

Here’s a picture of a stuffed frog. It’s one of Jackie’s toys, and it’s pretty nasty. This image makes me think of:

  1. Barney the Dinosaur (whew, survived many years of him!) and a hair coloring job gone wrong
  2. the fear a dog toy must feel as those teeth come close
  3. what if we were as fascinated by frogs as we are by dinosaurs?

And, here’s my first draft.  


barneys bad hair day 15wol


It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) 


28 Responses

  1. Wholehearted friendship
    A love without words
    Stories told by playmates
    Left behind
    but not forgotten

    1. Awwww, this is lovely. Like an homage to The Velveteen Rabbit. I esp love that first line!

  2. Not so new
    Though I be
    Hope that you
    Still love me

    For all eternity!

    Anne McKenna

  3. Oh, Laura, I love your poem!!

    I love my friend
    and will defend
    his right to chew-
    a catch-22.

  4. Beanbag

    Being A frog
    Elastic lags
    Acerbate leapers
    Needs tossing
    Beanbag amphibians
    Alphabet rhymer
    Green toys

    poem By Jessica Bigi

  5. Sweet Laura. Lifetime friends are priceless.

    Captain Jack Sparrow

    J ust green, silver
    A nd a touch of black
    C olors he loves, a
    K eepsake for Jack!

  6. Aw. Poor Froggie. My efforts are what poor Froggie might think, if he could.

    What I Need

    Needle, thread,
    water, soap,
    a little kid,
    a hug and hope
    for love again.

  7. I think all parents who survived Barney deserve a merit badge!
    Really enjoyed your poem, especially that last line.

    Fluffy Fido
    fiercely fangs
    frayed favorite,
    Friendly Frog.

  8. Love the Barney humor. And the homages to Jack! As you may have noticed, I love fairy tales…

    Grubby Frog

    I’m a prince.
    Give me a kiss!
    What? You think I’m
    too grubby for this?

    —Kate Coombs

  9. Oh you’ve brought me back to those long afternoons of Barney–I can still hear that purple dino voice (and also remember the shattered look on my younger one’s face when her big brother learned in first grade that Barney was for babies!)

    The Proposal

    Green arms beseech me–
    he’s bent on one knee,
    to promise froggy love,

    1. Hehe. Yep, we still occasionally sing “Sisters ” here. My kids won’t admit how much they loved it, though. Sure did drive me crazy.

      I love the froggy love!

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