Poems Writings

the yellow frog

“You call it a near death experience, I call it a near life experience!”
― LJ Vanier

it was a sunny day

blades of grass swaying with ease

mosquitos buzzing in the silence

patches of green moss blanketing the rocks


our yellow Renault 5 was parked 

windows down

the gentle breeze drifting in and out


behind us a cliff

with sharp rocks

standing tall and proud


i was sitting in the back seat

breathing in the smell of summer earth

my baby brother beside me


there was a subtle start

in the yellow car


the sky moved faster

the yellow frog hopped towards the precipice


mom was on the right side

dad was on the left

holding to the window frame

pushing against gravity


“pull the emergency break

pull the emergency break”


i looked at dad

my 6-year-old brain failing to visualize

an emergency break


their faces transformed from suspense to despair

i saw death in their eyes


“pull the emergency break

it’s right there, in the front”


his voice trembled

tears pooled in their eyes


“pull the emergency break”


the cliff inched closer


“pull the emergency break”


his helplessness was shouting


i jerked my arm forward

hoping to find a grip

on life


there was a subtle start

the sky stopped moving


the gear was in one

the breeze drifted in and out

mosquitos buzzed in the silence

blades of grass swayed

with ease

… and that’s the story of one of the times i almost died! i remembered it while journaling and thought it would be fun to share.

did you ever have a near-death experience?

P.S. here is a picture of the yellow car model we used to have, just to give you a visual:

image from topgear.com

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  1. Wow, what a story! Whether fact for fiction, I love it.

  2. Well told! When I was in the back seat of a car rolling backwards towards the riverbank there were no adults around, just the five year old brother up front and he bailed. A truck driver stopped and scooped him off the pavement but who knows what force countered momentum and caused the car to stop at the edge.

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