Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Tiger Versus the Donkey

Once upon a time an old ass
Its master thought ‘what an appetite it has!
“I have to work for all day
To give it bales of hay.
Why don’t I abandon it?
And peacefully here I sit”
And thus he left it in the forest alone.
Alone left it was to cry and moan.
Our ass was watched by a hungry tiger.
This sight made his mouth wider.
The tiger was of its fame
As the king of the jungle was its name
Its mouth watered at such a treat
For it had never tasted a donkey’s meat.
Miya! It shouted to the old one.
“Sorry I did not hear you son!!”
“Do you know everybody obeys me?”
“At my presence”, said the ass,”how can that be?”
”Let’s have a race uptil eve, Hey!
And see who wins lots of prey.
The tiger ran and caught some rabbit with distraught.
The ass lay on its back
Like an old beaten haystack.
Vultures and hawks came beside
The ass trampled and crushed them to his side.
By eve both came to see who had more.
The tiger had a dozen, but the ass had a score.
Said the ass,”You have caught animals living on land,
But my prey consists of those which hardly touch sand.
“Alas!” Said the tiger,” I fail”.
And left with its hind legs covering its tail.

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