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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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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 misjudge?
        So he flickered his eyes like a holy sage
        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

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