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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24. A Swan Sings To Save Her Life
A wealthy man once kept a goose
And swan together at his house,
The goose to be a feast some day,
The swan, to sing songs for his spouse.
One moonless night he sent the
To catch the goose and dinner
But in the dark the cook
And brought the swan in by
That swan soon realized her fate
And let her broken heart be known
Goodbye, sweet earth! Goodbye, sweet friends!
She sang: one long despairing tone.
cried the cook,
My heart is broke!
This poor swan's song my soul
I'll get that other bird for
And let this swan live on to
So swan lived on for years and years
Enjoying tasty meals and snacks,
And sang her sad and lovely song --
Whenever they brought out the ax.
MORAL: Let your feelings be known: it may save you.
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary