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
Contact and Quick Purchase
16. The Prideful Mice Are Defeated
When mice waged war against the cats,
Their casualties were large,
What we need is some leadership,
Who'll be in charge?
Four mice held up their paws so
Got roles quite honorary
And give us helmets with big
To prove we're scary.
Their next war effort failed again
But all the mice stayed whole --
Except the chiefs whose awesome horns
Would not fit down their hole.
Alas, their lives just blew away
As quick as summer breezes,
Like all those who don't want
But just to be Big Cheeses.
MORAL: High honors can be a curse
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary