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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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37. A Stork Chooses Bad Companions

A farmer sowed a field of corn
        But cranes soon came to call,
So he made traps to catch those cranes
        Before they ate it all.

One day he found he'd caught a stork
        Within his circling noose,
The stork cried, Wait, I'm not a crane,
        Kind Sir, please turn me loose!


YOU FOOL! said Farmer, Why did you
        With cranes associate?
You chose to share their company,
        You now must share their fate.
        
MORAL: There is risk in human solidarity.


from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary

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