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11 The comedian

12 The donkey adores

13 The disappointed fox

14 A ghost cures

15 the golden eggs

16 The camel copies

17 A gluttonous mouse

18 The hunter condemns

19 The sun plans

20 The bragging candle

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11. The Comedian Out-Squeals a Pig

There once was a king who offered a prize
        To the best pig-like sound anyone could devise,
So a well-known comedian there in the place
        Stepped up on the stage with a grin on his face.

The people were laughing before he began,
        And they screamed when he walked like a bow-legged man,
Then he covered his head as he took a big breath
        And he squealed like a pig being tortured to death.

Now there in the crowd stood a hick with a pig
        So he hid it inside where his jacket was big,
And he crawled on the stage and then twisted its ear,
        And the sound of that pig was amazing to hear.

BEGONE! said the crowd, you don't need to pretend,
        You can't make a pig sound to save your rear end!
So the hick showed his pig, but the king hollered NAY!
        You lose! That comedian triumphs today!


MORAL: The heart makes more decisions that the head.


from the book Prayers and Fables and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary

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