De Felly Frog
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?
de Story of De Felly Frog!
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.