The Habits of the Bullfrog

It’s been a while since I have sauntered around Walden Pond. In the interest of taking a little break from reality, though, I dug into some old folders and unearthed this little poem, a “found poem,” that I put together a few years back while reading  Thoreau as Seen by His Contemporaries. The original, of course, was in prose, but I broke it into sections and made it into this poem, which seems to be about the art and science of observation.
































Related by Mrs. Daniel Chester French in Memories of a Sculptor’s Wife (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1928), and quoted in Walter Harding, ed., Thoreau as Seen by His Contemporaries (New York: Dover Books, 1989).

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