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Stamps: Nellie Bridge

06/12/2009

They Eat the Dead Ones

By Nellie Bridge

Once, when I lived in Makawao, Maui, I drove to visit a friend in Haiku down a narrow road through the rainforest where the huge leaves are always dripping wet. My friend told me about the local frogs that hop out onto the road and get squished and the smell of squish makes more frogs come; they eat the dead ones, then they too get squished. Cars have to weave around the growing piles as frogs keep coming to eat each other until driving becomes impossible and someone has to come clear off the road. I never saw it. I saw just one frog, which I mentioned, which brought on the story.

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Nellie Bridge grew up in Sequim, Washington.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. “They Eat the Dead Ones” was originally published with five other sonnets as part of a press release for Dave Miko’s painting exhibition Quiet Enough.

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