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The Cricket And The Scorpion

by Duncan Jones

As the cricket hopped along one night she met a scorpion
“I know you.” said the hopper, “You’re the one my parents shun.”
“A shame!" then came the answer, “Yes, alone the time I spend
Each night I sit beneath the stars and hope to meet a friend
Oh I know I look quite vicious, for so often must I fight
But if you venture closer you shall learn that I don't bite!”
So the scorpion reached out a claw to shake the cricket's hand
And then was only silence as they waited in the sand ...

“Now wait a minute!" Cricket said, “You promise to let go?”
I think I've heard of you before, and all have called you foe.”
“A shame!" then came the answer, “Yes, my welcome has worn thinner
Though every night I do invite a different guest to dinner
And of those who have dined with me, not one has yet complained
So I feel as though one side of my encounters has been feigned!”
And the scorpion reached out a claw to shake the cricket's hand
And then was only silence as they waited in the sand ...
“Now wait a minute!” Cricket said, and she played a little tune
What about your tail I see by light of the full moon?”
“A shame!" then came the answer, “Yes, I give so many fear
‘Tis a curse, for I feel full whenever anyone comes near
A deal's a deal and fair is fair, let go? Of course I will!
And you shall see you may trust me when you are standing still!”
So the scorpion reached out a claw to shake the cricket's hand
And then was only silence as they waited in the sand ...
“Now wait a minute!” Cricket said, as one last time she stalled
That's when arrived the bird that her short tune in secret called
Angry Scorpion was snatched up, Cricket followed to the nest
Where Bird and Cricket dined, a team the scorpion never guessed
And as they flew screamed Scorpion, “I thought you, Cricket, but a youth!”
“A shame!” then came the answer, “Aren’t you a fan of half the truth?
I’m sorry it won’t do you good, won’t save you from this crime
But beware of those who stall too long, and those who waste your time!”
And that is the story of the cricket and the scorpion

... and the bird.

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