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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29. The Wolf Refuses To Pay His Fee
A wolf got a chicken bone stuck in his throat
And looked everywhere for relief,
Then finally sought out a heron physician
And told him the cause of his grief.
Well, with my long beak I can reach pretty far,
For a fee I will do what I can!
said the wolf, and he opened his mouth
And emergency treatment began.
The heron saw teeth that were vicious and long
And a gullet revoltingly iffy,
But putting her head right into his mouth
She plucked out that bone in a jiffy.
said the wolf.
said the bird,
that heartless wolf said,
I won't pay the fee! Your reward is the fact
That I didn't bite off your
MORAL: Never trust the powerful to keep a promise.
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary