It’s time to celebrate vernal pools.
In April look for the clear jewels,
Dense egg masses that swell in water,
Sign of a temporary squatter.
Wood frogs leave these spherical clear blobs.
Near hatch time the bubbles become green.
A symbiotic algae life scene.
Soon tadpoles with abandon swimming;
The temporary pond is brimming,
With these amphibians, brown, green, gray,
Metamorphosing along the way.
To nearby woodlands the newbies will stray;
You might hear adult frogs as they play,
An ecosystem spiritual.
So important this spring ritual.