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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27. A Reckless Deer Takes One Bite Too Many
A deer as swift as any wind
Met hunters armed and well equipped,
So off it ran into the woods
And under hanging vines it slipped.
The hunters passed right by the
Not noticing the deer beneath,
And deer stayed still -- until
Delicious greens right near her
Without a thought she took a bite!
Returning hunters caught her slip!
As fatal arrows struck her heart
How costly was that nip!
MORAL: Success makes fools incautious.
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary