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The Lamb and the Wolves

The Lamb and the Wolves

Michael Sinestro


Our friends now found themselves within a cave

To them much comfort and safety it gave

Water and shelter in ample supply

The bullfrog’s croaking for their lullaby

But daily from the cave they had to go

For there within the cave no food did grow

They fed by day, then to the cave took flight

For fear of predators that roamed by night

The creatures of the wild all walked in fear

Of the ‘cave creature’ and would not draw near

They kept their distance from its fearsome lair

Not knowing it was but a bullfrog there

And so by day, with predators abed

The animals went out and safely fed

Though in the day there was no danger nigh

The lamb by nature was timid and shy

And with the others kept close company

Yet still she went about most nervously

As weeks went by, however, she did see

That full of fright she had no need to be

Then she waxed ever bolder day by day

And further from her friends the lamb did stray

Now one day she was munching on the grass

Full heedless of the time as it did pass

Far from friends and the safety of the cave

But little thought to her peril she gave

Until she saw the sun was sinking low

“Oh, dear! To the cave I must quickly go”

Thus thought the lamb, but now it was too late

Already she was soon to meet her fate

As to the cave the poor lamb tried to fly

A pack of wolves before her met her eye

And so there, in the poor lamb’s darkest hour

A pack of wolves did have her in their power

You would have thought the wolves, without a care

Would kill and eat the lamb right then and there

But in a fairy tale this is not true

To eat their prey RAW simply would not do

They took the lamb to their forest retreat

To cook her properly and THEN to eat

Once in their den, the wolves then quickly took

To quarrelling over who would be the cook

And who would fetch the water and the wood

And what method of cooking would be good

Then, as the pack of wolves argued and fought

To the lamb’s little brain there came a thought

Just then the wolves a new dispute did start

Which piece of a lamb was the choicest part


The lamb piped in, “The right hind leg, of course”

Hoping another argument to force

To her delight the plan worked perfectly

As each wolf cried, “The right hind leg’s for me”

They fell to blows, and in the chaos then

The lamb cautiously crept out of the den

Back to the cave the lamb then made her way

The wolves pursued her, after long delay

For they were so distracted by their fight

They had not noticed when the lamb took flight

In deepest hunger they followed her trail

Right to the cave, and then began to wail

“Alas! For the cave creature now does feast

Upon our dinner. What a witless beast

To flee from us, who would her quickly kill

Into the jaws that now will eat their fill”

And with that thought the wolves then skulked away

 To fill their bellies with some other prey

The lamb never again would go outside

Alone, but by her friends she would abide

“There’s strength in numbers”, so the lamb would say

“But only if in agreement they stay”




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