Were the frogs surprised
when they returned to mate this year?
A raised walkway
of recycled-plastic planks
has replaced the packed-mud track
by the stream
and the fecund pond of their birth
is now a string of landscaped pools
– courtesy of ‘English Nature’.
Whatever their reaction
they must have noticed the water,
was uncommon clear,
Instead we only know they’ve been at all
by an exposed dribble of spawn
on a shiny new surface.