the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other authors

#fridayflash: fishpond

on March 23, 2012

There’s splashing in the fishpond when I put out the rubbish and I guess the frogs are at it again. I find a torch and shine it over. Some of them are riding piggy back like double headed beasts. There’s at least a dozen in there – that must make it an orgy. A toad sits on the edge, winking at me. His ungainly body becomes lithe when he springs into the water. I watch the activity like a voyeur then I scuttle back to the kitchen.

In the morning, a Mallard observes the results of the night’s activity. Standing on one leg, he cocks his silky jade head, then takes a stroll around the pond.  When he quacks, the female descends, spread winged from the roof.  She’s like a babe in a bathtub, scooping through the weeds with her beak, throwing back her head to gobble spawn.

This piece of flash fiction was first published with CafeLit 

11 responses to “#fridayflash: fishpond

  1. Pauline Howard says:

    I can ‘see’ all this – even the pond

  2. elizabeth says:

    I agree, this is a wonderful visual.

  3. John Wiswell says:

    I liked the doubleback visual of ” double headed beasts.” Very cute!

  4. Steve Green says:

    The beauty and cruelty of the natural world. There is so much being said here in such a small word count.

  5. Really enjoyed it….when I first started reading I thought it was an account of something you’d seen 🙂


  6. The circle of life! Nicely done Gail;

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