The Lion, The Wolf, and The Fox ~ An Aesop Fable Retold in Tetractys Poetry

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The Lion, The Wolf, and The Fox

 

One

Fine day

Long ago

Three great hunters

Entered into an equal alliance.

 

First

There was

The clever

Reynard the Fox,

Master hunter of all beguiling prey.

 

Then

There was

Isengrim

The dire grey wolf,

He that hunts the most vigourous quarry.

 

And

Thirdly

King Noble

The great lion,

Hunter of the mightiest beasts of all.

 

The

Triad

Went to work

Hunting, catching,

And piling up all the game they’d subdued.

 

The

Trio

Stood before

The heap of fare,

And King Noble chose the wolf to divide.

 

The

Poor wolf

Isengrim,

Dealt it all out,

In equal portions relating to size.

 

The

Lion’s

Displeasure

Came with a roar,

And a dreadful strike of his mighty paw.

 

The

Poor wolf

Isengrim

Was knocked aside…

“You, Reynard, shall now divide!” said Noble.

 

Fox

Reynard

Thought and said

To King Noble,

“The whole of it belongs to you, of course.”

 

“I

Will take

only that

Which you will not.”

Declared Reynard,

“For the lion’s share is ~ the lion’s share.”

 

King

Noble

Was content,

“Where did your learn~

The etiquette of proper divisions?”

 

Fox

Reynard

Smiled and said,

“From that poor soul ~

Our old righteous friend with the trembling legs.”

 

~Mustafa Demiri

 

 

 

 

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