1 Some timid bunnies
2 The hare outruns
3 The lion is ashamed
4 Grandma ewe
5 A fool scolds
6 The wolf fails
7 A canny bat
8 A gullible wolf
9 The amorous lion
10 Some revelers
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10. Some Revelers Forget Past Lessons
Some carefree revelers took a ship
To sea so they could eat and drink
Without restraint or any care
For what the gods above might think.
But soon the waves became so
Their little ship tossed up and
And whirlwinds roared above
And they felt sure that they
Dear Powers above,
Come to our aid lest we all die!
And soon that storm grew calm and still,
And sunbeams glowed throughout the sky.
Pass out the wine!
proclaimed the host,
No need to fear these placid
Another voice cried out,
It was the steersman, brave and
Enjoy your fun,
he softly said
But like the wise, not like the fool,
Keep death's dark nearness in your mind,
And moderation as your rule.
MORAL: The thought of death can make us wise.
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary