36. A Wolf Finds Reasons For Eating a Lamb
A conscientious wolf one day
Saw a lamb take a drink at a stream,
Ah, what can I say to that lamb,
To explain my murderous scheme?
Someone has muddied the water!
And you're the one to be blamed!
I'm not upstream!
And I only sipped!
But why did you slander my
father last year,
Asked the wolf,
and say that he stoled?
Oh, that wasn't poor little me,
laughed the lamb
I'm only a few months old.
No matter your quickness of
However you banter and kid,
I'm still going to have you for
With a side-dish of greens.
And he did.
MORAL: The motives we claim can be far from the truth.
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary