poems from Poet Loiterer

Once Upon a Dog

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.

This is a throwback poem from a previously published book. I’ll be posting throwbacks every Wednesday.

This was based on a Napowrimo “Once upon a blank” prompt in 2015. It’s one of my favorite poems to read to kids.

Poet Loiterer

Poet Loiterer

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Series: Poetry Paperbacks, Book 5
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Recommended Books
Publication Year: 2015
Length: 180 pages
ISBN: 1518713246

Poet Loiterer is D.L. Lang's fifth poetry book. This 180 page collection features nature poems, protest poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.

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About the Book
Reviews of Poet Loiterer: “Lang’s themes include wanderlust, love for nature (and especially hiking in the California hills), religious devotion, paying the bills versus living the artist’s life, and transforming from a passive pacifist to an activist. “You gave me lungs, / so that I might breathe peace” expresses forthright praise to God in “What You Created,” and elsewhere, verse expresses delight in Jewish practice: “There’s music and Torah both running through my soul,” she observes–a quirky combination that brings to mind a Jewish Janis Joplin. In the satirical “Doves in Season,” the traditional peace symbol is being hunted. “Fear not the rocking boat,” another poem advises, encouraging readers to question racism, capitalism, and America’s reliance on weapons. There’s “More than one way to be an American,” the poem “Headline Antidote” insists; indeed, this collection imagines a peaceful, joyful future America.” — Kirkus Reviews Read the full review here: www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/dl-lang/poet-loiterer/ Preview on Google Books
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About the Author
D.L. Lang

D.L. Lang is a contemporary American poet and spoken word artist. The author of over a dozen poetry books, Lang has been writing poetry for over 25 years. She has performed her poetry on stage hundreds of times at protest rallies, county fairs, literary festivals, open mics, poetry circles, bookstores, libraries, and live radio broadcasts.

From 2017 to 2019 she served as Vallejo, California's Poet Laureate. Her poems have been awarded with numerous county fair ribbons, transformed into songs, used as liturgy for prayer, and to advocate for peace, justice, and a better world.

The scribe of over 1,200 poems from haiku to free verse to masterful rhyme, covering a wide variety of topics, D.L. Lang has poetry that's sure to delight. Lang dabbles in both gritty realism and surrealistic wordplay, sorrowful elegy and uplifting affirmations. Her poetry is a mixture of topical political commentary, religious devotional meditations, and poetic autobiographical memoir. Her words take you on journeys deep into nature, memory, spirituality, and the whisperings of the heart.

She is the author of Tea & Sprockets, Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology, Look Ma! No Hands!, Poet Loiterer, Id Biscuits, Barefoot in the Sanctuary, Armor Against The Dawn, Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays, Resting on My Laurels, The Cafe of Dreams, Midnight Strike, and This Festival of Dreams. She has also released a chapbook compilation entitled Wanderings, a Jewish poetry compilation entitled Paradise Collectors, and her debut spoken word album entitled Happy Accidents, and is the editor of Voices, Verses & Visions of Vallejo.

Her poetry has also been published in the Benicia Herald, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, ReformJudaism.org, Poetry Expressed, Frost Meadow Review, and the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. Her poetry has been anthologized in A Poet’s Siddur (Ain’t Got No Press, 2017), Light & Shadow (Benicia Literary Arts, 2018), Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Vol. 21 (2018), and Verses, Voices & Visions of Vallejo (2019).

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