Once Upon A Dog, #NOVPad Day 4 poem

Today’s prompt was Once Upon A [blank]. First thing that came to mind was dog. I had fun writing this.

Once Upon a Dog

Once upon a dog,
There lived a lonely flea.
He was busy chewing
Like a beaver on a log.

The flea kept busy gnawing,
Until one day dog had enough.
His giant paws were tired.
Scratching was too tough.

Dog tried rolling on the carpet.
He tried jumping in the mud.
He even tried taking a bath,
But this flea just wouldn’t budge.

Even on that windy day,
As cat challenged him to race,
When dog took off running,
the flea stayed upon his face.

One day as dog was riding,
His tongue flapping in the wind,
He saw a beacon of hope,
And leaped onto the road.

Dog ran beyond the gravel,
Towards the warehouse parking
Where a giant sign lit in neon,
Glowed the words “Flea Market.”

Dog came across four Bulldogs,
They barked, “What do you want?”
Dog yipped and yapped excitedly,
“Please, get this fellow off of me!”

The Bulldogs burst into laughter,
They rolled around with glee,
Before carefully explaining,
“Man, we don’t buy fleas.”

But at that very same time,
Flea looked out from dog’s ear,
He saw an amazing sight,
And a smile did appear.

Beyond them sat an old poodle,
And above that poodle’s head,
There was a fancy poster.
“Join the flea circus!” It said.

Without a second thought,
Flea bounced up in excitement,
He jumped from dog to dog.
All the while dreaming of his newfound job.

He wandered to the poodle,
And was greeted by many fleas.
Snuggled on the poodle’s head,
He was now happy as can be.

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.