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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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13. A Lovesick Cat Becomes a Woman

A lovesick cat once longed to have
Her master as her lover,
So Goddess Venus took her part
And made a woman of her.

She quickly won the master's heart
They were to wed in style!
But as the priest began to speak,
A mouse ran up the aisle!

        The bride let out an awful snarl
        And raced after the mouse
        Until it vanished down a hole
        That was its little house.

        The master screamed: You chased a mouse!
        What horror could be greater!
        Don't sweat the small stuff,
she replied,
        I'll catch the big ones later.

ENOUGH! said Venus, You have failed
To humanize your soul !
So she was made a cat again,
A more befitting role.

MORAL: Radical human change is rare.


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

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