To spring

frogspawn orangeFrogspawn, and freshly cut oranges.

But best of all was the warm thick slobber
Of frogspawn that grew like clotted water
In the shade of the banks. Here, every spring
I would fill jampotfuls of the jellied
Specks to range on window-sills at home,
On shelves at school, and wait and watch until
The fattening dots burst into nimble-
Swimming tadpoles.

– From Death of a Naturalist, Seamus Heaney.

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