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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39. A Donkey Thinks He Is Divine
A donkey once was led to town
With a statue of Zeus on his back,
When bystanders started bowing down,
He stopped and his jaw went slack.
I must be a god
, the donkey said,
How could all these people
So he flickered his eyes like a
And brayed, and would not budge.
The driver's whip was quick to flash,
Correcting the donkey's fault,
And teaching that ass it's wise to take
All praise with a grain of salt.
MORAL: Be suspicious of too much deference.
from the book Praying Your Story and the forthcoming book Aesop's Best: 80 Fables in Verse by William Cleary