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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25. An Eagle Dies a Bitter Death
An eagle dives from a mountain top
Then over tall green trees it swings,
Exalting in the naked power
Of feathers plied by eagle's
Too late she sees an arrow flash!
It strikes her heart! She feels the sting!
Heartbroken, she notes the arrow's guides
Are feathers dropped from her own wing!
What DOUBLE pain,
the eagle cries!
It's bad enough to wounded be,
But even worse, to think the dart
Was helped by guides supplied by me.
MORAL: We are often our own worst enemy.
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary