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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13. The Disappointed Fox Bad-Mouths the Grapes
A hungry old fox spotted grapes one night
And the bunches looked juicy and long,
The vines hung high
In the midnight sky
And the scent of the fruit was strong.
What a perfect dessert!
So he hunched down low to prepare,
Then with all of his might
He leaped that height--
But his jaws snapped down on air.
He leaped again, then he leaped, and leaped,
But his teeth never touched the prize,
And his back was hurt
Where he'd hit the dirt,
And he'd anger and tears in his eyes.
So at last, worn out and sick at heart,
He went home to his cozy bower,
As he lay down his head,
Those silly grapes were sour!
MORAL: It is easy to scorn that which we ourselves cannot attain.
from the book Prayers and Fables and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary