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The Bell in the Bush

The Bell in the Bush Down woodland paths the wolf did roam Far away from his packs home For game he’d wandered off to seek The sick, the helpless and the weak When happened he across a fawn Tied amid, a forest lawn Well, he thought, what stroke of luck a meal is set for me to tuck “I wouldn’t do that”, came a voice “It would not be your first best choice” The wolf sprang round, saw standing near A proud and steadfast mother deer “What is that you have to say? Why do you hold me from my prey?” “Because the fawn, he be mine I wish him grow up strong and fine” “With you for him, I will not vie for me to live the fawn must die” “Oh wolf, I thought you would be wise do you not see before your eyes? no wish have I to dent your pride can you not see the fawn is tied? snatched by man to use as bait then left for you, here to wait” The wolf sat back to relax “Can you not offer me some facts? Where is this man of which you speak?” “In yonder house fast asleep” “How will he know the bait I’ve found?” “Because the hidden bell will sound” “You see to rope there is a bell if you attack it rings to tell the man in bed will then awaken knowing that his baits been taken, no matter where or fast you run the man will kill you with his gun” His eyes a slit as they did narrow Was this deer a hawk or sparrow Thoughts in his mind she did confuse Is this the truth or just a ruse? He looked in eyes of doe eyed deer And still was left …. with no idea “I fancy not and do declare the fawn is caught in simple snare and so I think I’ll call your bluff and if I’m wrong, then that is tough” “But if I’m right you’ll look forlorn laying dead before the dawn” “Let me see that bell you hide so I may be satisfied” “The bell is hidden in this bush behind these leaves so green and lush the leaves you will have to disturb and then the man the bell has heard” “For me then there’s no gain to stay I’m free of you to walk away” “Well no, not quite” the deer replied “For this with you I will confide if you decide away to slip the bell in bush, I’ll surely tip” “It seems then deer in this we’re trapped” As on the earth his paw he tapped “So something from me, you want done before the rising of the sun?” “Oh yes your help I really need I ask you wolf to do good deed” “My teeth are blunt as weathered stone I can’t chew through the rope alone and if I try the rope I’ll pull then bell will ring out loud and full but your teeth are sharp and strong to chew through rope won’t take you long” “You realise my dear female it’s me the wolf, you do blackmail” “Tis such a small thing I do ask and for you will be no great task Look! I will hold this end steady you may begin when you are ready” The wolf sat back in admiration Was this deer some new creation? All the others he had met Were skittish and so full of fret But this one, she had some gall She was the bravest of them all He shook his head and teeth he bared Bit at the rope the fawn ensnared At the fibres he did chew And very soon he’d bitten through The fawn now free ran to his mother He was so frightened of the other The wolf then said. “Listen well my dear of me there is no need to fear you I admit, I do admire even if you be a liar” “You can’t say that to me fierce wolf unless you think you do have proof” “My statement then I do withdraw my mind like rope you have chafed raw so be away and take your young and thank you for this night of fun but listen now and listen well this story others you won’t tell” “Don’t take this tale and make a song about the wolf who did no wrong for certain as I am the wolf the next deer I meet, I’ll engulf” The deer to wolf did not reply Instead in woods, the pair did fly At bush the wolf did sit and stare Was there a bell concealed there? As off did run the fawn and doe The answer now, he’ll never know But for the deer I do suspect He has now gained, some respect. Moral; Never underestimate anyone you meet. For Carol Eastman Contest

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Date: 6/12/2020 7:19:00 AM
Brilliant story! Like Aesop’s fableS!! I love poems with a story and this is one of the best I have read!!
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Date: 9/18/2019 4:38:00 PM
Hundred points..I loved the story and the moral...Fantastic post...
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Date: 10/28/2018 9:48:00 AM
It was nice having you visit. Take care.
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Date: 10/20/2018 11:22:00 PM
comment number six. hahaha. Let me go see one of your best poems on that best poem list of yours!!
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Date: 8/26/2018 4:04:00 PM
and here is like my fifth comment here. hahaha. Thanks for seeing my poem recently!!
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Date: 1/2/2018 7:22:00 PM
Richard, I hope you had a good start to your new year. Thanks for dropping by my poetry!!!
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Date: 12/21/2017 8:58:00 AM
Hi Richard, Just a quick note to wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope all is well with you Richard.
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Date: 11/26/2017 7:59:00 PM
Hi Richard. did you have a good Thanksgiving. I had company all week and have fallen behind in so many things. Then it will be a rush to get through the holiday coming up!!
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Date: 11/4/2017 8:37:00 PM
Hey, hope you are having a great weekend, Richard. I AM but I have no time to be here and catch up. DANG!!! gotta go off RIGHT NOW
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Date: 10/25/2017 12:09:00 PM
I meant one of the best I have read. Just a quick note to say hi and see how you have been. Hugs Rick.
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Date: 5/16/2017 5:51:00 PM
thanks for visiting my poem recently, richard. Please write some new poems for me to see!!
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Date: 4/24/2017 9:17:00 AM
One of the best I have read since being on the soup. I hope you are well Rich!
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Date: 4/17/2017 6:56:00 PM
Loved your joke to me today, Richard. Why the heck don't you do a poem on it?
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Date: 12/25/2016 1:58:00 PM
Just came here to say MERRY CHRISTMAS, Richard!!
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Date: 12/12/2016 11:24:00 PM
I do nothing but read and re-read. I love this story, it's as if Jean de la Fontaine wrote a new one.... Wonderful and 7
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Date: 10/21/2016 11:56:00 PM
I so enjoyed reading this one again.
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Date: 7/24/2016 8:14:00 AM
Oops I forgot your 7
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Date: 7/24/2016 8:13:00 AM
This I predict will be the top winner. One of the best poems I have read this week Richard.
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Date: 7/12/2016 8:39:00 AM
hey, this was an excellent story, Richard. THANK YOU for putting this one up. I really enjoyed it. Great moral too.
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Date: 7/11/2016 5:09:00 PM
loved it. Run with this one.
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Date: 7/10/2016 7:38:00 PM
Hi Richard, I enjoyed this very much. I see it as an illustrated children's book. It would be a great bedtime read. Best wishes, JP
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