“Being able to breathe underwater would be sweet.” ―Cameron Bright
Even without the Japanese sound effects, a 17th-century haiku named for an amphibian, makes a big splash.
Old pond! / a frog jumps in / water’s sound
―Frog haiku by Matsuo Bashō; English translation by Robert Aitken
Another amphibian charmer tells of a prince whose curse is to seem icky, except to a French chef or a film star.
“I’d kiss a frog even if there was no promise of a Prince Charming popping out of it. I love frogs.”
Not to dissect a Kermit, we cut to the source of our affinity for the denizen of dual environments.
“Man is an amphibian who lives simultaneously in two worlds—the given and the home-made, the world of matter, life and consciousness and the world of symbols.”
Life emerged on earth following many millennia in the ocean. That gives us the right to leap back in.
“Humans are amphibians…half spirit and half animal…as spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.”
In the current climate, of course the wise amphibian will keep their snorkel on, until it’s cool to beach.
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