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Group Three

21 The boastful rooster

22 Grasshoppers fail

23 A hunter hunts

24 A swan sings

25 An eagle dies

26 The foolish crab

27 A reckless deer

28 The foolhardy shepherd

29 A wolf refuses

30 A wily fox

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22. The Grasshoppers Fail To Save For the Future

All summer long the ants had worked
To fill their homes with bread
So in the winter they could eat
When all the plants were dead.

        But grasshoppers with violins
        Played music on the lawn
        Through summer nights and danced as though
        Tomorrow'd never dawn.

And when it snowed, the ants just ate
The bread they had in store
While grasshoppers with violins
Came hungry to their door.

         How dumb we were, the hoppers cried,
         To not plan for tomorrow,
        We'd have the life the ants enjoy
        And not this world of sorrow.

MORAL: Each day's first task is to plan for tomorrow.


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

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