I am a wood frog in a previous life.
You would probably think I was dead
if you saw where I was inside logs and burrows
ice crystals in my blood.
I defrost in the warmth of Spring.
Before that, I am a deer mouse
huddled together snuggling with the others
I don’t live for long.
In my time, I am a white-tailed prairie dog, a bat, hedgehog.
I am even a skunk
suspecting that’s where I began.
I all came together in this chilled life –
until my sun got warm again.