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The Porcupine's Quill: A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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November 19, 2017
THE FOX AND THE CROW -- REDUX
News Item: China, sitting quietly, has forced Trump to soften policy in the hope of
help on North Korea after his dire but empty threats. He has used threats too often.
Once upon a time there was a crow who had found a delicious morsel of cheese.
So he flew to a nearby tree and perched on a branch all the while enjoying its
tempting aroma and contemplating the pleasure of eating it.
But a canny fox had spotted him and knew how to get the cheese for himself. So he
trotted off to the tree and looked up.
Mr. Crow, he said, what a fine morning ...
The crow nodded.
Mr. Crow, he continued, you are always in fine voice of a morning. Oh, don't say you
can't sing. You are being too modest for I have heard you often enough. Oh, what
beautiful melodies. It warms the heart of a poor old fox. Could you, would you,
consider doing me the great honor of hearing you sing ... oh, that beautiful tone, that
The crow shuffled around, carefully laid the cheese down, grasping it with his claw,
and looked at the fox below.
Listen to me, you old thief. My father warned me about you, how you managed to
steal his food by flattering him and getting him to open his beak to sing so the cheese
would fall out for you to grab. Not with me, buster, it won't work.
And he carefully began to peck and eat his cheese as the fox drooled down below.
Moral: A ploy tried too often is bound to fail.