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A MACAESOP FABLE
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Anon

Submitted by Mrs. Mac

A dog came trotting owre the brae,
A bone was in his mou:
He was headin for his kennel
To lie doon and have a chew.
A meaty bone, a juicy one,
Nothing else was in his heid.
But gettin hame as quick's he could
Lyin doon to hae a feed!
He thocht he's tak a short cut,
And loup across the burn:
He kent a narrow bittie
Just before the water turned!
He was comin past a millpond
Where the stream ran deep and cool
And the willows on the burnie
Kissed the willows in the pool.
And the colours o' the morning
Were a sheet o' polished glass
When he saw his ain reflection
In the water as he passed!!
"Guid sakes!" he thocht "another dug!
He's got a bone an a'!
I wonder how he got it
I could fairly manage twa!! "
He stops and leans oot owre the edge,
Sair tempted with the sight,
A meaty bone, a juicy bone;
Surely worth a fight!
"I'm sure that I can manage him:
He doesnae look that tough;
And maybe he'll just turn and run
If I bark loud enough! "
He bared his teeth and gave a bark
there was a muckle splash
And the other dog just vanished...
In the ripple o' the wash!
He stood and stared... dumfounded
As the ripples slowly cleared:
The other dug was there again!!
His bone had disappeared!
He stood and gave his lug a scratch,
Said, "Time I was awa"
And the dug doon in the water,
Scratched his lug ana!!
Oor hero wandered hame again
Wi hangin lugs and tail.
Next time he found a juicy bone...
He'd keep it tae himsel!!!

Moral:
So Dinna envy other folks.
Look to your ain affairs.
Ye'll no enjoy the things you've got
If Ye'll aye be watching theirs!!!

 
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