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  My War With The Fleas-Part One
by Lonnie Hicks
Sunday, September 25, 2011
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War is War


Came August
the Flea Commander
slapped his walking stick
upon the table bare

surveying his battle plan
testing his jumping legs

assembled before him were
flea battalions on the ground

restless for the attack;
mosquitoes and flies to buzz the air,
giant bedbug tanks from
New York
gnats, moths, and crawlies eager for blood to suck

bat sentries, owl look-outs
coyotes to howl signals out
all was ready.

“Now,” he began slowly

"The family in there does not yet suspect
and we must not relinquish to them
our element of surprise.

We don't want them to get a chance to mobilize
until after we attack
and have gained our cache of blood-
surprise before they discover
where our larvae lay,
before they deploy their canisters of Raid
or insect repellents

before they open their bomb sprays
before they wash their beddings

before they deploy their expensive flea sprays
and lethal flea droplets;

we want to hide in their beds, and dig in
we want to hide in their animals fur
in their clothing
and before morning we will have established
our impenetrable beachhead.

"So," he said "ready your selves for the strike this night
as they lie asleep."

With that he stood
his flea legs elevating him
above the others, shouting

"Are you with me?"

A roar went up

and I watching from my hiding place
crept away
saying to myself;

"Not this year you suckers
you’ll get your own surprise!"

glee in my voice.

To be continued.




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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
I'm with you! Stinkin' ants and fleas. Just spent $500 at the vet for our flea infested dog with "hot spots" We were pretty diligent about the frontline, just not diligent enough. Great part one story. Patrick
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
Oh I hate them, fight on General!
Reviewed by J Howard
you are too funny! i will one day share my own flea story with you, but...who would think that fleas would make for a story??
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
Giggle...this had me in stitches, Lonnie!!!! Tooooo funny....and the imagery was priceless! I can see you lurking behind a chair in the living room..planning your defense!!! Thanks for the chuckles!!!
Reviewed by John Flanagan
You're in quite the mood, Lonnie,
with this one and i LIKE it, like it lots.
A hazy morning is suddenly much brighter.

Reviewed by Janna Hill
Giggling at that bold [talking]flea and your cunning glee.
:))) Janna
Reviewed by Linda Hill
My dog has been having his own flea battle for years. Found something this year that seems to be working, FINALLY!

Many blessings,
Reviewed by Christine Tsen
Such whimsical eloquence, Lonnie, and full of zest!
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