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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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20. The Clever Donkey Tricks a Wolf

A donkey sensed a hungry wolf
Was slithering about,
So he began to limp and moan
Until the wolf cried out:
      What makes you limp, my donkey friend?
     Why such a mournful bray?

     Oh, wolf, this thorn stuck in my hoof
     Has cut my foot all day.
          And it would cut your tender mouth
          If you devoured me,
          So pull this thorn before you bite!
          Avoid that agony!

So wolf picked up that donkey's hoof
And looked up underneath
And WHAM! the donkey kicked just once
And wolf lost all his teeth.

Ah, what a fool I was, lisped wolf,
As donkey turned to flee,
To trust the words of anyone
Who lives in fear of me.

MORAL: No one relates honestly to those they fear.


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

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