De Felly Frog

De Felly Frog - Peter Malakoff
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Now der BE stories dat be tol' for entertainment

and der be stories dat be tol' for show

an dere be stories dat be tol' dat change a man

an lif' his heart or bring it low

 

Now der  stories dat you's forget's about's as soon as dey are told

And dere be stories dat never leaves ya', growin' wich ya till yar' old

 

Dey grab's a holds of your liver dey takes ya by de neck

dey touch ya in your innermost becomes yor secret and yor pet

 

Dey trow's a light out der before ya, des illuminate's de past

dey makes de speedy slower and des makes de slower's fast

 

Dey bring's a balance to your life de trow's it out of whack

des makes ya all da wiser and des leave's ya split an cracked

 

An if dat crack of mind an heart becomes a window to da' Lord

a higher inspiration comes in which His Love do shor' nuff pour

 

So let me become a channel, a river or a stream, an speak dis story here

before's ya: Come on in to dis here dream. . . . .

 

I'se call's it :

Mukhi and the Trip to Nowhere?

or

de Story of De Felly Frog!

Now!

    one day da Felly frog was woozy as he wen' upon his way

Fo' he did na have no money and no place fo' him to stay

O' he had sadness, he had troubles, as he walked his Felly shoes

As he wen' up to the rabbit and he moaned his Felly blues

Now da rabbit said, "Oh Felly frog why do you moan and wail?

Why do you pour dese troubles pon' me, why do you tell me de'se sad tales?

"For in dis' world der's always troubles, dey's sometimes ones dey's an sometimes two's

I'se never heard no stories bout's da life someone's don't sometimes lose

"I'se never heard no tales bout's livin', no stories sportin' times

dat der ain't be tears a' fallin,' or no heart'z be breakin' rhymes

"Why ain't no livin' without dyin' Felly, ain't no happiness at all

Why, if you be goin' up a mountain you oft be sure you gonna fall

"Why tain't no arguments worth winnin' dat someone aina' gonna lose

Tain't no love songs dat dey be singin' if dey never heard the blues

 

"So Felly dont you be complainin' as if dat's truth you'se spoutin' here

for dis ain't no tea I'm servin' you dat aint full of grace and cheer

"Now get you gone, be on your way and get on down dat road

Pick up your lips and smile and lay down dat heavy load"

Now De Felly he just shook his haid and he waggled his ten toes

and he thanked dat old brer Rabbit for de tings dat rabbit knowz

For de Felly he done seen a light down de end dat woozy way

and he know dat he could go out now into the world and play

 

So the Felly went off struttin' an a shakin' all his stuff

But it just plain seem'd of happiness he cud na' get enuf

Fo' no matter how he tried and tried to make it seem allrite

Da Felly done fel sumpin else tryin to make it to de' lite

He oft felt sorrow all within him an he saw sadness all aroun'

An' it sometimes seem'd about his mouf he kinda wore a frown

He thought bout wad dat rabbit tol' im and how jus plain true it sur' nuff be

But de Felly cud na' find a way to jus' let hisself be free

 

But den, one day out in de grasses jus' beside's a litl' lake

de Felly fel hisself a bein' watch'd and das wen he met da' snake

Now de Felly he don shur' nuff know'd dat a snake be trouble shur'

But der plain was sumpin' bout dis here one dat made de Felly feel secure

So de Felly fel to thinkin' an' considr'n all his fate

But his heart id jus' was pumpin' an his mind jus' had to state

Dat dis plain jus' cud na be a feelin' dat cud in any way be true

Fo der canna be no harmony twixt ma Felly self an' you

But dat snake he was so charmin' so calm, so sincere

Dat de Felly fel' his froggy heart lay down it's load of fear

He jus' made all his learnin' a beginnin' wrongful lie

An of de snake he spectfully an' sincerely did inquire

 

"Wad be your name you muscle, you eel of land and fate?

wid dose eyes that seem so cold and hard, your name I beg you state"

Now dose snake eyes dey jus blinked slowly an' den dat tail it did unwine'

And a voice dat was all kindly did break thru an said dese lines:

"Snoozy Blue Snake is my appellation (course it somhow seem'd ta' rime)

An it shur' nuff seems that everthing done come to me in time

"I jus laze here in dis meadow soakin sun an layin' low

While al roun' me de whol' livin world does shake and shimmy go

 

"Sometimes squirmin', sometimes squishin', sometimes rollin' on da floor,

sometimes jumpin', sometimes hoppin', sometimes flyin' out da door

"I'se seen all dese coms an goin's, all dose 'By now,' 'How de do's,

dat I jus cain't for da life's of me's see's whats der is to lose

"So I'se jus content's to be's myself, in soulful singularity,

an in dat choiceless moments livin,' Lord, I'se shur nuff's do feel's free."

 

Now dat snake he was so restful, so still, so slow, so calm

Dat de Felly fel his froggy skin as if rubbed by healin' balm

His muscles seemed to loosin, dose Froggy toes dey did uncurl

an all his fretful thinkin' fell away into a blissful whirl

An den, jus at dat moment, when da Snake had had his way

He raised up in his striking pose, da Felly for to slay

But a glimpse of skin, a flash of light, a tremble in da grass

da Froggy jumped, da' Snake he struck, Ol' Felly mos' loss his ass

But he hopped away not knowin', surely, what had nearly jus transpired

Put some hoppin' distance twixt dat Snake an him, as if der was a fire

An as he jumped on through da grasses, sometimes lef' an sometimes right

da strangest ting he'd ever seen was movin' into sight

It was shiny, it was glowin', it was sparkin' ups and downs,

it was furry, it had ticklie's an it wore both laugh and frown

An every way it seemed to be it also seemed to not,

an you cud na quite plain catch it, smell it, much less cook it in a pot

But midst all this celebration dat was followin in its midst,
dis conundrumed thing did stop somehow
an to the Felly did say dis:

"Mr. Froggy smooth skin, with bulgin eyes up on your haid,
don't you see here wat's you'se up's to
or how close you'se be's to bein' daid

"Dat ol snake it had you baffled, had you tied up in a bow

was puttin' salt an pepper on your haid, was bout's to bring's you low

It jus' had's you'se so mixed up dere, a listenen' to its tale

dats you'se cud na' hear's your own heart's tellin' you
"Mr Froggy you'se
best bail "

 

"Well tank you wen' dat Froggy and Bless you he den said

You saved my life for certain, without you surely I'se be daid

 

I'se be frog meat in a skillet, frog legs in da pan

dem ol' frog legs des be everywhere's cept's for bein's where I is am

 

You knows I'se comes across a rabbit an I'se comes across a snake

but of's yourself I surely don't know what's der is to make

I still don know for certain how's I'se come's to scapin' free

cept's for dat blessin' of your sparklin' self  done takes a shine to me"

Now all da while dat froggy talkin' dat ting was sittin' still

but when da froggy said dese las' words it started movin' if you will

 

It started flippin' an a shakin' an a runnin' in a groove

an den it jus' plain stuttered an its mouf did bust dis move:

"WHOOOOWE ain we prejudicial an selfish for to boot

nex' ting you sure be tellin' me is where we stash da loot

Now I ain' stealin' from other anybody to make no other anybody rich

an I ain pushin' one lil' froggy up an out to put dat snake down in a ditch

Dat snake he was jus snakin' an you was froggyin' your best

an I'se jus comes rollin' longs here an now you'se tells me you'se been blest?

You see's I'se omniprejudicial, course dat mean's nothin' here at all

cept's whatever side you're takin' is a view dat's one side small

Now dat ol snake he had his reasons, his causes an desires an

now he ain' got no dinner since what is, has jus' transpired

Now, who's to say dat snake was mean or bad down to da bone

Only a nitwit flapjack cracker haid who never lef' his home

I ain' in favor's of you Froggy, an I ain' got nothin' gainst da' snake

but it always seems wherever I go strange things of fate I make

(This is the first part of a long story and it is to be continued . . .)

 

Now, you may ask,

'What is this story all about?

 

Well, if we took the Bible, the Bhagavad-Gita and Aesop’s fables and mixed them up in a hearty soup,

spiced it with the essence of fairytale and took a spoon of 'singin' soul to taste it with

that would be “De Felly Frog”.

 

It is a modern-day, cross-cultural, omni-religious epic, written in rhythmic, musical jive. 

It tells the story of a frog (De Felly) who wanders through the deep forests of life and

we accompany him as he encounters difficult challenges and wonderful teachers

in the many characters and situations he encounters.

 

Some we will recognize and some are pure fantasy, (the most entertaining form of truth)

but each and every one of them presents an archetype and a principle.

 

De Felly gains wisdom from everyone.

Even so, he eventually finds himself at a dead end,

not sure what to do in a critical moment,

as the knowledge and principles he has learned all lead to dilemma,

a choice between equally un-doable alternatives.

 

At this point, he meets the Maha Mama Mukhi and the Papa Ou Mau Mau,

'Papa Ou' for short,

who bring him the Transcendental Wisdom of life (beyond both good and evil) 

 

It is a story for all ages that can be enjoyed by children, adolescents and adults.