Friday Fable. Lubans’ "The Proud Blackberry"

Posted by jlubans on July 18, 2014

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One day a fox made much, in French, over July’s first ripe blackberry. As usual, the berry was at the tip of the cluster, out ahead of all the others, yet green. The blackberry basked in Reynard's praise and remarked how proud he was to be the first, and such a magnificent first, shiny black, super sweet and juicy. The fox nodded and in a flash gobbled up the blackberry. The fox remarked, “Mon chérie, why do you take such pride in being the first. Have you not heard the tale of the tall poppy? For all his eminence, he’s the first to be cut.”

Therefore, don’t be like the candle that brags on its flame only to see it put out.

A contrarian moral: On hearing the fox , a voice gurgled deep inside: “Au contraire, mon ami, my destiny is to be eaten and I have the honor to be the first of my brethren. You, Monsieur Reynard, are a mere vehicle, a bus d'auto. Next, when you hear the call of nature, I will fall onto the earth and soon reappear as a new cane to snag your raggedy tail with my thorns.”

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Caption: Gone!

@Copyright John Lubans 2014

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