7. The Canny Bat Changes Her Name
A clever bat got caught one day
By a cat, and begged:
Friend! EAT NOT ME!
but birds like you,
A cat like me cannot set free.
No bird am I!
I am a mouse from head to toe!
Cat looked again, the words
I'll let you go.
Next day poor bat got caught again,
Another cat! An awful fate!
All mice I must exterminate.
No mouse am I!
that bat cried out,
See, I can fly, I'm like a bird!
I see your point,
And let him go without a word.
So that smart bat gave double thanks
That changing names had pulled her through,
And learned how vital names can be
To cause quick judgments, false or true.
MORAL: A name can make a world of difference
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary