By: Darrelyn L. Tutt 

The desert spadefoot toad is among the most amazing of the desert animals. It lives in desert areas where ponds of water form. As the pond dries up, the toad buries itself in the soil beneath the pond, digging burrows from three to seven feet. They can remain in hibernation for several years if necessary. When the pond fills again with water, the toads emerge, and the males begin their incessant coarse croak to attract a mate. After mating, the female deposits one to two thousand fertilized eggs in the pond. The tadpoles emerge within five days or so. The tadpoles transform into toads within a few days, and the life cycle begins again.
Excerpt from LAZY B
By: Sandra Day O’Conner and H. Alan Day

Spadefoot toad and habits;
Live in dry desert areas.
Dig burrows three to seven feet in soul.
Forget they exist.
Remain in hibernation…
For several years
Pond fills with water;
Life progresses.
Glorious rain!
Thankful, grateful, mindful. 
Simultaneous activity:
something old with something new…
Old habits
 Emerging, mingling, mating.
Incessant croaking.
Til death do us part.
Miserable and wretched
Do habits ever die…
or just lie
One to two thousand fertilized eggs sprouting.
The seed of habit 
Discouraging, disheartening, multiplying.
Tadpoles emerging.
The life cycle of a habit.
Yearn for resurrected power…
Burrowed deeper than bad habits.
For grace to sustain,
incessant croaking.
For mercy to outlive,
patterns, strains, sins.
O God forgive;
this hidden life…
called habit.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort we ourselves are comforted by God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4