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Group Four

31 The brash gnat

32 The enemy's trumpeter

33 A tortoise dies

34 A doomed man

35 The scorpion stings

36 A wolf finds reasons

37 The stork chooses

38 The tricky wolf

39 A donkey thinks

40 A patient dies

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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, he thought,
To explain my murderous scheme?

        Someone has muddied the water!
cried wolf,
         And you're the one to be blamed!
Oh no,
said lamb. I'm not upstream!
And I only sipped!
he claimed.

        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 tongue,
said wolf,
         However you banter and kid,
        I'm still going to have you for lunch today
        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



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