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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38. The Tricky Wolf Dons Sheep's Clothing
There once was a wolf as sharp as a pin
Who loved to dress in an old sheep's skin
So shepherds would not see him creep
Among the flocks of grazing sheep.
Then he would kill and eat his fill
Whenever he came up the hill
Where shepherds like to spend the day
Safe, they thought, from danger's way.
One day the shepherd thought
The fattest mutton home to bake,
With arrow poised, his bow he
And shot THAT WOLF by accident!
O, what a fool I am
, wolf said
And wept because he'd soon be
I thought my fine disguise was slick
But caught myself in my own
MORAL Disguises can be dangerous.
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary