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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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19. A Man Tries To Sell a God

One day a clever craftsman carved
A god and brought him to the mall,
Hermes it was, a work of art,
But no one seemed to care at all

        Upset, the man stood on a box
        And shouted loud to make his pitch,
         Wise Friends! This god is full of power,
        A power that can make you rich!

Hold on!
remarked a passer-by
Why sell him if he answers prayer?
Use him yourself if that god be
As powerful as you declare!

        He answered: He has power, of course,
        Or Holy Hermes he'd not be!
        And then his voice dropped to a hush:
        He's just a bit too slow for me.

MORAL: Humans prefer gods of their own making.


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

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