The Punk on the Trunk

Barnabas loved to bark, no matter the occasion.
He barked at all creatures of every persuasion.
He barked at policemen. He barked at the cat.
He barked at his shadow, and loudly at that.
He barked and he barked ’til his throat was the sorest,
But when he barked at the witch who lived deep in the forest
She yelled at him “Silence, you carrier of fleas!
“Or I’ll transform you into the bark on these trees!”
And no one saw Barnabas after that day.
His heartbroken family thought he’d run away.
But we know what happened; He didn’t just lark.
The wicked old witch took the bite from his bark.

(She just had to put me down at pee level, didn’t she?)

Via Reddit.

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14 thoughts on “The Punk on the Trunk

  1. Alice Shortcake February 15, 2018 / 8:09 am

    Urine trouble now, Barnaby!

    • Kar February 15, 2018 / 9:28 am

      ** golf clap **

    • Murray C February 15, 2018 / 10:45 am


  2. allein 🐾 February 15, 2018 / 8:49 am

    Awww! I hope they found the real doggie..

    • Kar February 15, 2018 / 9:26 am

      Let’s assume that they did but didn’t bother to take down the old poster.

      We’ll all be much happier.

  3. fkaWaldenPond February 15, 2018 / 9:18 am

    LOL, the hover! 😀

  4. Ricky's Mom February 15, 2018 / 10:23 am

    Very clever poem, but I’m afraid this falls on the sad side of “cute or sad” for me.

    • Murray C February 15, 2018 / 10:46 am

      Oh, yes, it does – we can only hope the little sweetie was found. The poem and the juxtaposition, however – hilarious.

      • Ricky's Mom February 15, 2018 / 1:57 pm

        I agree. Such mixed feelings!

        • fkaWaldenPond February 15, 2018 / 8:01 pm

          It smacks of Edward Gorey. 😀

  5. ffleur2 February 15, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Mike you are supremely clever and wonderfully hilarious!

  6. Emsthemonster February 15, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Mike, if you have a contact to the witch of the wood, I would really appreciate to get it. I would pay generously for her efforts. Stalker neighbour has very loud dogs, which keep me awake most nights. I wouldn’t like to have them turned into bark (only their owner), inserting a little remote controllable volume button on the dogs would do.

  7. AJ February 15, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    Great job Mike!!!! Amazing juxtaposition and no matter how I try, I cannot un-see the doggie in/on the tree bark. I echo everyone else and hope doggie made it home.

  8. Gigi The cat lady February 15, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Cute, creepy, sad, this post runs the gamut of emotions!

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