Imaginary House For Real Toads

Written for  Words Count With Mama Zen on Imaginary Garden With Real Toads

The idea for this poem is to build a toad-house in less than 48 words. When I searched Google for inspiration and ideas, I found that toads have better houses than we do! 

So I decided to build a zen-themed house that I would want to live in.....



Amidst the mossy greenery
Beside a tiny, pebble lined pond
Bamboo canes curve to form a dome
Raindrops drip enticingly through leafy gables
Turrets of shoots, an airy castle
Doorway framed with curving vines
Flowers are garden chairs
Stone steps lead from
Green home to Water home

(Word count : 47)










52 comments:

  1. Those toad houses are so cute. I did not know that such things are available, but why not? You poem takes us down to the amphibian level to see their habitat.

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    1. I didn't either before Mama Zen's challenge today! I wish I had someone buy me a house like these!

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  2. I think I could definitely be happy as a toad if I had one of those homes!

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    1. I would be happy as a human if I had a (proportionately sized) home like this :)

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    2. Those are interminably twee.
      Froggy perspective: they don't mind when the roof leaks :-)

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  3. Look at the cute toad houses! ho knew? Your poem makes it sound all the more inviting. Some toads have it made! :-)

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    1. Right? I mean there's an option for them to live in a princess's castle - a childhood fantasy of mine that some lucky toad gets to live, dognabit!

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    1. Thanks Bushra. The existence of such a thing as a toad-house came to my knowledge only today.. an unusual and interesting concept :)

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  5. How lovely! I want to live in one!

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    1. Thank you for introducing us to the concept of toad-houses.. I'm pretty jealous of these lucky toads... had fun writing this one Mama Zen :)

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  6. How utterly inviting. I'd live there, or nearby so that I could enjoy the view.

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    1. It seems like the perfect place for a summer retreat, doesn't it?

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  7. I think I could be happy in this toad house as well! This prompt is the first time I ever thought about a toad house!

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    1. This prompt is the first time I ever heard of a toad house! That's why I love IGWRT - You get to write on things you never knew existed :)

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  8. This is charming, and very descriptive, and I absolutely love the ending. And the pics. (I have a very battered and beat up toad house, but mostly they seem to prefer living in the leaf-jungles of the garden.)

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    1. That's the irony of toad-houses - they have the option of living in castles and swiss cottages and japanese pagodas and whatnot.. and all they really want is to be left alone in leafy glades and dewy grass...

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  9. Wow - we toads really know how to live! Lovely pictures and verse.

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    1. Hi Mary - welcome to my blog! Yup, we toadlings live it up! :D

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  10. I think I might need to move :D
    lol, fun to read and imagine!

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    1. He he, I feel the same way - these guys have it better than us!

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  11. A toad's fantasy, for SURE! I am going to make me one this spring.

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    1. Wowie! Maybe you could share the pictures with us when you're done :)

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  12. Love the fairy tale essence of your poem ... sweet little toads!

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    1. Thank you Helen.. I kinda wanted the toads to sit back, meditate, contemplate life in their zen-garden home, but all they want to do is croak, ooze and eat slugs :P

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  13. Lovely little toad home...I could be comfy there !
    Peace

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    1. Welcome to my blog Siggi! Thanks for reading my poem :)

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  14. Wow I never knew such houses are there. In Mumbai's Concrete Jungle this is not possible unless you have your own private place . Thanks for sharing .
    Travel India

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    1. Hi Vishal... yup, there's no room for human houses in Mumbai,let alone toad houses :D BTW, Loved your Indiblogger meet post.. looks like you had a great time!

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  15. Agree to you...if toads live in these places...it's better than humans...and nice poem to go along with it...!!!

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    1. Hehe.. thanks Anjan!

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  16. Love these toad homes and your poetic description...makes me want to visit.

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    1. I'll give you a holler if I ever build a house like this :)

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  17. Awesome1 It reminded me of my childhood. I loved all those greenaries and often used to get engrossed with the beautiful homes in some of the stories.
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    1. Thanks Ekta! I don't think any of us in India would have ever heard of this concept of toad houses... and it gave me the opportunity to imagine a house straight out of pictures we saw in illustrated fairy tales :)

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  18. You have made all the humasn vie for a toad house. The pictures are so cute and the poem, compelling!

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    1. i wish there was some other life form above us, who would build these beautiful houses for us to live in :D

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  19. I can't believe there would be such a market for toad homes, some people must have a lot of free cash to spend. I didn't see one example that came even close to your amazing house described through poetic musings,wonderful

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    1. Ha ha - great observation, Emma! :)

      Just imagine if the houses we build through our words actually existed somewhere for us to live in... aah, dreams...

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    1. Thank you Easwar Sir!

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  21. new revelation that was . Loved the flow of your words mixi ! a vivid picture of a green toad house played inside my head while i read the poem :)

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  22. Gorgeous and VERY zen!!! I wouldn't mind being a toad in the home you've described!!

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    1. Thanks Hannah... I think that's currently the dream for everyone at IGWRT :)

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  23. interesting. Now toads also have luxury and there are people in the world who dont have roof on their heads and not even a single meal sometimes in a day that they can afford

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  24. Hey.. I nominated you for the Liebster award.. Congratulations :)

    http://karanaylawadi.blogspot.in/2013/02/life-of-liebster-blog.html

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  25. cute pics and equally lovely lines !

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  26. lush and lovely, great images too

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  27. Awe...such an inviting piece!!Loved this, Mixi.

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  28. Awesome words and pictures, loved it.

    Hey, mixi. written my second short story. If you have free time check it out.

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  29. I think in my next life I will be a toad.....love this Mixi! :-)

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