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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

(16) THE OTHER SAID: "TUT, TUT, YOU FOOL! BE OFF WITH YOU!."

                 THE MULE'S SHADOW

                        Long ago it came to pass,

A Roman far from home

Decided he would hire a mule

To carry him to Rome.


The sun was hot.  The man grew tired,

And soon he thought it best

To slide off from the mule he'd hired

And take a noonday rest.


Dismounting from his weary mule,

He sat within its shade‑‑

The pleasant shadow, small but cool,

Which this poor creature made.


The owner of the donkey cried:

"Arise this instant, Sire!

You only hired my donkey's hide!

His shadow's not for hire!

                                                                                             Leo Harrington

The other said:  "Tut, tut, you fool!

Be off!  Be off with you!

I hired the shadow and the mule;

You can't divide the two!


Well, while they wrangled, yea and nay,

With loud emphatic rhythm,

The little donkey ran away,

And took his shadow with `im!

                                               

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