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11 A wolf becomes

12 A greedy lion

13 A lovesick cat

14 A milkmaid dreams

15 The greedy dog

16 Prideful mice

17 A drowning priest

18 A wise bear

19 A man tries

20 A clever donkey

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11. A Wolf Becomes Proud Of Its Shadow

One day at sunset on a hill
A wolf was quite surprised
To see the shadow of himself
Immensely oversized.

         Good God, it's me! How huge I am!
        How frightening! How grim!
        He broke into an ice cold sweat:
        It even frightened HIM.

How big I am! I should be king!
A super-wolf,
he cried,
Then he let out a prideful growl
That echoed far and wide.

        It echoed far enough to reach
        A lion with a wish
        To eat an evening pot luck meal
        But lacked a good main dish.

With one great leap he grabbed the wolf
Who cried out in confusion,
How dumb I was to not suspect
My power was an illusion.

MORAL: Test your beliefs before you act on them.


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

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