(House-Backyard. Two frogs are in the backyard. One of them looks at the house where a man and a woman stand near the window)
Frog 1: Why are you staring at the house?
Frog 2: Do you see that man and woman in the window?
Frog 1: Yes, why?
Frog 2: I’m afraid they don’t like us.
Frog 1: Why do you say that?
Frog 2: Because I have seen them covering their ears when we sing.
Frog 1: Are you sure?
Frog 2: Do you think I’m lying?
Frog 1: No! But… maybe it’s not what you think. Anyway…they also bother us with their loud music and conversation.
Frog 2: I know… but we have to admit that we sing a lot at night.
Frog 1: I hate when that woman shouts… her voice is so disturbing!
Frog 2: And how about your noisy aunt?
Frog 1: What about her?
Frog 2: She wakes up everybody with her awful songs. You know that!
Frog 1: And how about the polititian and the priest who come to the pond and fill the air with their terrible sounds.
Frog 2: We should try to behave better than those humans.
Frog 1: What do you have in mind?
Frog 2: Let’s stay quiet at night and let’s keep our songs in our hearts.
Frog 1: It’s going to be hard… but…fine… let’s do it for a night or two…or even three.
Frog 2: Good night, then.
Frog 1: Sweet dreams!
(The frogs close their eyes)
(The frogs are in the pond. The woman is inside the house looking out the window to the pond. The man enters)
Man: Have you seen yourself in t he mirror? You look terrible!
Woman: (yelling) I know, I have dark circles around my eyes! I couldn’t sleep all night! In fact, I haven’t slept in three nights!
Man: Why… what’s worrying you?
Woman: Nothing worries me! But… there’s something wrong with those frogs …they have been so quiet lately.
Man: That’s good news… isn’t it?
Woman: No! Their songs make me sleepy, and they haven’t been singing for three nights! I really need a good night sleep!
Man: Calm down! You don’t have to yell at me.
Woman: Don’t you understand… I’m going crazy!
(The frogs hear the woman yelling)
Frog 1: We’re also going crazy… right?
Frog 2: Yes! It’s so hard for us to be quiet… besides, we don’t have to stop singing just so that others can fill their emptiness with noise.
(The frogs start to sing)
Author: Khalil Gibran
Adapted by K I D S I N C O
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