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Group Four

31 A man argues

32 The deer misjudges

33 The dying farmer

34 The baby goat

35 The pigeons choose

36 The big trees

37 A mean dog

38 The selfish horse

39 A boy cries wolf

40 The fox outwits the crow

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35. The Pigeons Choose a King

Some nervous pigeons, once upon a time,
Were filled with fear of living on the farm,
        For a hawk would often swoop above their coop
        Where they were hoping to be safe from harm.

Don't be alarmed, that hawk would loudly sing.
It's silly to remain in fear and dread,
Just choose me for you Guardian and King
And you can live in perfect peace instead.

And so the pigeons made the hawk their King,
But soon were filled with TWICE the deep dismay!
        That clever Hawk had failed to make it plain
        That Kings get pigeon dinners every day.

MORAL: Some solutions are worse than the original problem.

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



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