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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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16. The Camel Copies the Monkey

One day when all the beast sat down
To have a meal in jungle town,
        One monkey pranced and clowned
Till all the creatures came to see
And cheered her with ecstatic glee
        To watch her dance around.

At the applause a camel stood,
Annoyed the monkey was so good,
        And took a dancing leap
Up in the air with feet kicked high,
And snapped her teeth and winked her eye,
        Then landed in a heap.

Camel, BEGONE! The beasts did shout
And took a stick and drove her out
        And sent her on her way,
Then brushed their hands and preened their fur,
So glad to be relieved of her
        Preposterous display.

MORAL: Longing for applause only makes you do ridiculous things.


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

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