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Updated on December 31, 2011

This is another of a series of 9 poems written

for a young girl's 9th birthday. Tiffany, if you

see this, I hope you still remember it.


A Toad and a Flea met at the oak tree,

“You must be old and ancient”, said the flea

“Just look at you, Toad, all wrinkled and gray.

I bet you never married and never will be”.

“No one would ever want you for a friend

Or keep you safe and warm from the cold wind”.

The Toad gazed at the flea, but spoke not at all,

Knowing that he could make this flea die and fall.

He thought, “How could this Flea be so bold?”

“Doesn’t he know that I can eat him whole?”

“He may be poison or sour as can be.

Maybe I should let him live and be free”.

“Are you deaf and dumb, you wrinkled old Toad?

“Talk to me Toad; don’t just wiggle your throat”.

“Just look at those scales that would scare a bee,

Those horns and skin like bark on a dead tree.

Tell me Ugly Mr. Toad, what makes you tick?

The more I look at you the more I feel sick”.

The Toad stared at the Flea, but spoke not a word

He thought, “I could feed this pest to a bird;

Maybe I will crush him against that tree,

“Or perhaps, just swallow him 1-2-3.

He looks so skinny and never sits still,

Not even a small tummy would he fill”.

“Okay Toad, I am here to stay, even all day,

Until you talk to me, I won’t go away.”

The Toad had finally had more than enough

Of this flea and his words so harsh and rough.

The flea sneered and twitched his body and knee,

Like lightning, the Toad flicked him off that tree.

(The moral to this story is “never taunt a superior force”)

Robert Hewett Sr

Copyright 1993


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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thanks Audrey Robert

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Clever write!

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thank you very much Stages Happy New Year.

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      The Stages Of ME 6 years ago

      Love this see so many ideas and stories in this work thank you for sharing :)

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thanks Raci, I will be over to your page to read for you this weekend. Robert

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Thanks Natures47 for this comment that brought a smile to my face. It was probably a good thing the toad swallowed the flea whole so he did not have to taste him much. I hope your daughter likes my story poems. Robert

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yeah, beautifully crafted Robert...and i like the moral of the story...

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      natures47friend 6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Brilliant...I love it and I don't often look at poetry. Any kid would love this. I will bookmark and get my daughter to read it. It is so cleverly written. You have a great writing mind. Voted up and awesome....Wonder if the flea would have tasted disgusting? lol