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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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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 wings

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

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